Adarsh housing scam: Shinde faces CBI

Last Updated: Sun, Jul 31, 2011 08:14 hrs

New Delhi, July 31 (IBNS) Union Power Minister and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Sunday faced the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the Adarsh building scam of Mumbai.

The Union Minister is being questioned at his Delhi residence, reports said.

Shinde, during whose tenure several clearances were granted for the housing, had recently said that the plot in Colaba on which the controversial Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society has been erected, was 'not reserved' for defence personnel and Kargil war heroes.

Filing an affidavit before a two-member panel probing the Adarsh scam, Shinde said: "The plot where Adarsh stands is owned by the State of Maharashtra. The plot was not reserved for Defence personnel or Kargil war heroes."

"The Letter of Intent dated January 18, 2003 made it clear that the land was allotted according to Government Resolution (GR) of July 1999 which did not provide reservation for war heroes," said Shinde in his affidavit.

He had said no complaints on Adarsh allotment was received by his during his tenure as Maharashtra Chief Minister.

"During my tenure as Chief Minister from May 2003 till November 2004, I did not get any complaint about any alleged irregularity in allotment of the land to Adarsh Society," said his affidavit.

Sucked into the controversy over allotment of flats in the Adarsh Society meant for Kargil War heroes´ families to a clutch of bureaucrats and politicians in Mumbai, several politicians are facing probe and have lost their positions.

The 30-storey apartment, housing many top level defence officials, was built on a disputed army land at Colaba and it is alleged that the flats meant for the families of the Kargil martyrs were allotted to top defence officials and kins of politicians.

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