The Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society was given a letter of intent for procuring land in spite of chief promoter RC Thakur not submitting the complete documents.
Deputy secretary for revenue and forest, JK Gharat told the Adarsh Inquiry Commission that Adarsh was allotted land despite not meeting all the requirements laid down by law.
The state government had issued a Government Resolution (GR) in July 1999 stating the rules pertaining to allotment of government land to societies who applied for them.
Chief promoter RC Thakur did not submit all the documents that were needed while applying for the land, Gharat said.
On Monday, Gharat claimed that Adarsh promoter Kanhaiyalal Gidwani wrote a letter in January 2002 to erstwhile chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh to expedite the allotment of land to the society. Gharat revealed that in July 2002, he recommended that a letter of intent should be awarded to the society.
He had also said that he did not bring to the government's attention, the claim made by Adarsh promoter Gidwani in 2001 that the society was in possession of the land.
The Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society is being probed for violation of construction and environmental norms. The society has, as its members, military commanders, politicians, bureaucrats and their relatives. It was alleged that bureaucrats and politicians used their positions to push through clearances in return for flats at throwaway rates.
A two-member commission comprising retired high court judges justice JA Patil and former state chief secretary P Subrahmanium was set up in January to probe the scam with reference to issues such as land ownership, reservation of the plot, town planning, coastal violations and the role of public servants.