Interim report on Adarsh scam soon

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 24, 2012 12:20 hrs

Mumbai: Maharashtra government's two-member inquiry commission is expected to submit report on Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society scam soon, media reports said on Friday.

According to sources, the commission has prepared its interim report on its two findings that include ownership of the land where the building stands and whether the land was actually reserved for widows and other relatives of Kargil war martyrs.

The commission has called the state government, the Ministry of Defence and Adarsh Society officials to present their stand on the two issues from March 1.

After hearing their arguments, the commission will prepare and submit its report to the state government.

On August 9 last year, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) tabled a report on Adarsh scam in Parliament.

The report accused top defence officials including former Army chiefs General Deepak Kapoor and General NC Vij of showing 'clear conflict of interest' in allotment of flats.

The CAG report said local military authorities and defence estate organisation officials 'misappropriated' the government land for a few people's benefit.

It indicted former Maharashtra MLC and Adarsh promoter Kanhaiyalala Gidwani, suspended Maharashtra information commissioner Ramanand Tiwari, former Collector Mumbai City IA Kundan and many bureaucrats in the Urban Development Department in the scam.

The report said the land meant for Indian Army was not transferred in the name of the Ministry of Defence and that led to the exploitation of the property.

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

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