Brigadier (retired) M M Wanchoo, promoter of Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society, has told a judicial panel investigating the scam that former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan had personally suggested to raise the number of civilians in the society.
Wanchoo deposed before the commission on Monday.
Pertinently, the Adarsh Housing Society was mainly built for defence personnel and war widows.
Wanchoo said society secretary R C Thakur and ex-Congress MLC Kanhaiyalal Gidwani met Chavan, who was the Revenue Minister at that time, in 2000.
"This meeting was about Adarsh's proposal seeking land in south Mumbai," Wanchoo told the panel.
"As per Government Resolution of 1999, we knew we had to include 20 per cent civilians," he said.
"If I remember correctly, it was Revenue Minister Ashok Chavan who suggested inclusion of additional 20 per cent civilian members," he said.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) earlier this month filed a chargesheet in the Adarsh Housing society scam.