Ashok Chavan deposes before Adarsh panel

Last Updated: Sat, Jun 30, 2012 08:36 hrs

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Saturday deposed before a two-member commission that is investigating the Adarsh Housing Society scam.

Chavan is the third former Chief Minister of the state, who deposed before the panel in connection to the scam, in the past one week.

He reportedly blamed Union Minister and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh for the scam.

Deshmukh deposed before the panel on June 26 and 27.

He told the commission that he signed the files related to the Adarsh Housing Society after the state´s Revenue department and Finance Ministry cleared them.

He reportedly said former Revenue Minister Ashok Chavan and Finance Minister Jayant Patil gave clearance to the files connected to the housing society before it came to his table for approval.

Earlier on June 25, Union Power Minister and ex-Maharashtra Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde deposed before the panel.

Shinde reportedly told the commission that all decisions in connection to the controversial housing society was taken during the tenure of Deshmukh as the Chief Minister of the state.

Chavan resigned as the Chief Minister of the state after the scam came to limelight.

Several files were in connection to the case and allotment of land for the housing society were cleared during the tenure of Shinde as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra between 2001 to 2003.

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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