Adarsh land not owned by Defence Ministry: Panel
In a severe blow to the Ministry of Defence, a defence estate official said to a judicial panel, probing the Adarsh Housing Society scam, is not owned by it and belongs to the Maha govt.
Mumbai: In a severe blow to the Ministry of
Defence, a defence estate official said to a judicial
panel, probing the Adarsh Housing Society scam, that the land
where the controversial high-rise stands, is not owned by it
and belongs to the Maharashtra government.
"The Ministry of Defence had not taken any action on a
notification issued by the Maharashtra government changing the
BEST reservation of a road adjacent to the Society for
residential purposes as the Adarsh land was not owned or
possessed by the Defence," said defence estate officer Geeta
Kashyap, the second witness to depose before the two-member
Commission, constituted by the state government in January.
Kashyap further said she had written a letter to the Army
Headquarters (Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa) on April 5, 2010
stating that after verification of documents and records, it
is clear that the Defence Ministry does not own the land where
the Society stands and that the land in question belongs to
the state government.
"The letter was sent after due verification. The Ministry
of Defence has not challenged or questioned my letter,"
Kashyap said while being cross-examined by prosecutor Dipan
Merchant, appearing for the Commission.
Kashyap further said that even after the alleged Adarsh
scam came to light the Defence Ministry did not challenge the
state government notification or her letter.
On April 10, 2002, the government of Maharashtra had
issued a notification changing the BEST reservation of the
adjacent road to residential purposes. The Society was granted
additional FSI from this plot.
One of the allegations against Adarsh is that the plot
where it stands belonged to the Defence Ministry and the state
government could not have allotted it to the Society.
The Commission had earlier recorded the evidence of
Brigadier Deepak Saxena.