Mumbai: The controversial Adarsh Housing
Society was allotted the land in south Mumbai in 2003 upon the
directions of the then CM and the revenue
minister, though it had not complied with all requirements,
an official on Friday told the judicial panel which is probing the
"A Letter of Intent was issued on January 18, 2003,
allotting the land to Adarsh even when it had not complied
with all requirements, on the basis of a note written
by Principal Secretary (Revenue) which had been approved by
the Revenue Minister and Chief Minister," JK Gharat, deputy
secretary, Revenue and Forest, said.
Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh was then the Maharashtra
Chief Minister, and Ashok Chavan was in charge of Revenue
The 31-storey society allegedly came up in violation of
civic and environmental rules.
Chavan has been named as an accused in the case lodged by
the CBI. But the central agency has earlier said that there is
no evidence against Deshmukh.
Gharat told the Commission today that a Government
Resolution dated July 9, 1999 had specified the requirements
that need to be fulfilled by a society or person before a
government land is allotted.
"When Adarsh was alloted the land in 2003 the society
had not complied with all the requirements," Gharat said.