I faced hostility from Army: Whistleblower
Former Defence Estates Officer Saurav Roy, on Tuesday, told the Adarsh inquiry commission that he had been under a lot of pressure and had to face hostility from army officers over his opposition to the no-objection certificate to the controversial society.mumbai Updated: Nov 23, 2011 00:57 IST
Former Defence Estates Officer Saurav Roy, on Tuesday, told the Adarsh inquiry commission that he had been under a lot of pressure and had to face hostility from army officers over his opposition to the no-objection certificate to the controversial society.
Roy had raised the red flag over the handing over of the NOC. Roy claimed that even after he had brought to the fore the army's claim on the land, the army brass was unwilling to cancel the NOC as, he said, the chief of the Army and the Navy were members of the society.
"During my tenure I faced hostility from all my superior officers. At one stage it was difficult for me to interact with the army officers," Roy told the two-member Adarsh commission.
Roy had raised the NOC issue after he realised that the land on which a park was inaugurated in 1996 was handed over to the Adarsh CHS.
He had opposed the initial 'no objection' granted by the army to Adarsh. Roy, in his deposition, suggested he was victimised for his behaviour. "I had a three-year tenure, but I stayed as DEO in Colaba for just a year-and-a-half. There was the possibility that vested interests wanted me to be shifted out of Mumbai," Roy said. Roy, in July, wrote a letter to the principal director defence estates raising the Adarsh issue. "I say there was unprecedented haste on the part of the army as well as my predecessor to issue the certificate and also the so-called NOC to the collector," Roy said.
He pointed out that senior officers, major general Kumar, brigadier DY Sharma, Brigadier TK Kaul, Brig Rampal and Col Bakshi, were all members of Adarsh society.
He further claimed that despite him highlighting the army's stake on the property, senior officials were hesitant to withdraw the NOC issued for the land by Col SS Jog.
"The reason was that the then GOC of Maharashtra and Goa, Major Gen TK Kaul, was a member of Adarsh. Similarly, the chief of army staff and chief of the naval staff were also members of the society," Roy said.
He also said by the time he left the post of DEO in April 2004 he had concluded that the land was not the state government's.