Ashok Chavan kin, ex-Speaker admit to giving false info
Former assembly speaker Babasaheb Kupekar and Madanlal Sharma, uncle of former chief minister Ashok Chavan’s wife, have confessed to submitting incorrect information to secure flats in Adarsh society.
Deposing before the two-member Adarsh inquiry commission on Wednesday, both witnesses admitted they owned flats in the city and had misled both the society and the state government.
Sharma, who is the uncle of Ashok Chavan’s wife Amita, said he was the owner of a flat in Ideal Cooperative Housing Society at Andheri.
“The flat at Andheri stands in my name. In view of my owning the flat, the reply given in the application is incorrect,” Sharma said.
He even disowned the rent receipt submitted to the Adarsh society where Amita was shown as the owner.
“I do not know who drafted the rent receipt. This receipt pertains to the same Andheri flat. The statement in the rent receipt that Amita Chavan is the owner of the flat is incorrect,” he added.
Sharma said he had applied for a flat in Adarsh society on August 13, 2009 and his membership was approved on August 30, 2009, when Ashok Chavan was the chief minister.
Former speaker of the Assembly Babasaheb Kupekar too admitted that he did not reveal the fact that he owned a house while applying for a flat in Adarsh on August 5, 2005.
Kupekar had stated in his affidavit that neither he nor his family owned any house in the city or suburbs. “This statement in my affidavit is also an incorrect statement,” Kupekar said.
“When I applied for membership of Adarsh society, the government of Maharashtra allotted from its quota a flat admeasuring 500 sq ft and situated at Powai and it is in my possession,” he said.
He claimed to have told the then chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh of his decision to sell the flat at Hiranandani Gardens, Powai. He added that in 2007, he changed his mind and decided to gift the flat to his daughter.