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‘State has no proof to claim ownership of land’

mumbai Updated: Jul 08, 2011 01:02 IST
Kunal Purohit

After the state government having repeatedly claimed that they owned the plot on which the Adarsh housing society stands, city collector Chandrashekhar Oak on Thursday admitted that the state had no proof to back it.

The city collector also told that he did not know on what basis the plot was issued. After saying that the plot was owned by the state, Oak admitted that the state has no records about the original ownership of the plot.

Deposing before the two-member Adarsh inquiry commission constituted to inquire into the irregularities in the allotment of the plot, Oak continued spilling beans about the various procedures that had been overlooked while allotting the plot for the controversial Colaba society floated by ex-servicemen, bureaucrats and politicians.

“When we handed over the land to the society in 2004, we had no details about the ownership of the land. Even today, there is no available document about the land’s ownership,” Oak said.

He even said that the Superintendent of Land Records (SLR), who is the competent authority to issue the property card, which is the proof of the ownership of the plot, did not have any such details.

“The SLR did not have the document of title when the property card was issued. I do not know on what basis did the SLR issue the property for the Adarsh plot,” said Oak.

The collectorate, Oak said, had also asked the PWD to verify whether they had any details about the ownership of the plot. “The collectorate wrote to them in 1986. However, they replied saying no information on the plot was readily available. I will have to verify whether the document is now available with the PWD.”

On Thursday, Oak said that the collectorate had never disputed military’s possession.