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‘No record to show that Adarsh is security threat’

mumbai Updated: May 11, 2011 01:47 IST
Army installation

The ministry of defence on Tuesday told the commission of inquiry probing into the Adarsh scam that there is no record to show that the housing society was a security threat to the nearby Army installation.

“The Army or Navy has no record or material to show that the high-rise Adarsh building and its 103 members are a security threat,” said Brigadier Deepak Saxena of the Army headquarters (Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Goa).

The Adarsh scam relates to the controversial residential block being built in Colaba and in the neighbourhood of naval establishments.

It was originally meant to be a six-storeyed apartment block for housing Kargil war heroes and widows. However, it was converted into a plush 31-storeyed building.

The society has more than 100 members, including former service chiefs, senior serving army officials, bureaucrats, politicians and their kin.

Saxena, the first witness to appear before the commission, had on Monday claimed that apart from the 31-storey Adarsh building at Colaba, no other building poses a threat to security of the Army installation there. “If one goes to the roof-top of Adarsh building, the entire Army area can be observed without any restriction,” Saxena had said on Monday.

When asked by advocate Satish Maneshinde (appearing for the housing society) if there was anything to show that the structure was a security threat, the brigadier on Tuesday replied in the negative.

Saxena added that since 2006 there have been no complaints of breach of security by the building or any of its members.

“Neither the Army nor the Navy has approached the local police to conduct security audit of the 103 members of Adarsh society,” he added. Saxena’s deposition would continue on Wednesday.

One of the allegations against Adarsh is that the plot where it stands belonged to the defence ministry and the state government could not have allotted it to the housing society.