The former deputy secretary of the urb an development department (UDD) PV Deshmukh told the Adarsh Inquiry Commission that the then defence estate officer and later the chief promoter of Adarsh Society, RC Thakur, had requested him to expedite the survey of Adarsh land.
Deshmukh undertook the survey without asking the survey department to assist him. The survey of the said land was necessary before the state government could take a decision on whether it wanted to hand over the land to the society. “Thakur came to my office with by 3-4 other officers. He requested me to carry out the inspection of the land as early as possible,” said Deshmukh. “I did not give any notice to the concerned department to assist me in the survey as I did not consider it necessary,” Deshmukh said.
Deshmukh further said that he did not verify whether the possession of the land was with the defence department. He also claimed that unlike the usual practice where the government seeks the report along with the opinion of the deputy director of town planning, the government did not seek his opinion along with the report. Deshmukh was deputy director, town planning, during that period and was elevated to the post of deputy secretary, urban development, in October 2001.