Union power minister and former state chief minister Sushilkumar Shinde has denied any hand in major decisions related to the Adarsh cooperative society and has passed the buck on to colleagues and officials.
Certain important decisions including allotment of land, environmental clearance and clearing eligibility of 71 members of the society were taken during Shinde’s tenure.
However, in the affidavit before the Adarsh inquiry commission, Shinde denied his part in these decisions. With reference to eligibility of society members, Shinde said the collector was responsible for verification of members’ eligibility.
Thereafter, it was verified by concerned secretaries and ministers of the departments after which it was put up for approval before him.
“The list of members ought to have been approved by the concerned authorities after due application of mind,” the affidavit states.
Shinde has also denied playing any role in major urban development department decisions like reducing the width of Captain Prakash Pethe Marg, changing the reservation of the BEST plot or increasing FSI for the society, saying these were not taken during his tenure.