The Army on Friday said no flats were awarded in Adarsh society to heroes of the Kargil war. Brigadier Deepak Saxena, GOC (Maharashtra and Gujarat) who is being cross-examined before the Adarsh inquiry commission, said no Indian army officer who won a gallantry award during the Kargil campaign was allotted a flat in the housing society.
The promoters of the 31-storey apartment block in Cuffe Parade had cited housing for Kargil heroes as one of the reasons for seeking the plot.
The society had claimed that more than 60% of the flats were given to servicemen, but Saxena, during his cross-examination said there were only 34 servicemen in the list of 103 members of Adarsh society.
“The statement that 60% of the accommodation in the housing society is for servicemen is false,” Saxena said during his cross-examination by commission counsel Dipan Merchant.
Saxena also said that none of the 34 Army officers listed as members of the 103-member society had won any gallantry award during the Kargil operation.
“I do not see any Kargil hero in the list of 103 members. However, some of them may have served during the Kargil operation,” Saxena said.
When the commission asked him about the definition of a Kargil hero, he said any person who had won a gallantry award in the Kargil operation could be called a Kargil hero. The Army has been claiming ownership of the piece of land on which the controversial Adarsh Society has come up.
Defence and government officials are being probed for misuse of authority and position to acquire the land and flats in Adarsh as well as violation of construction and environmental norms. The society has, as its members, military commanders, politicians, bureaucrats and their relatives.
The commission was set up in January to probe the scam with reference to specific issues, such as land ownership, reservation of the plot, town planning and coastal violations and the role of public servants.
The commission is expected to submit its report by June.