Mumbai: Union Power Minister Sushilkumar
Shinde Thursday told the judicial panel probing the Adarsh Society Housing scam that the land where the controversial building stands belongs to the Maharashtra government and was
never reserved for defence personnel or Kargil war heroes.
"The plot where Adarsh stands is owned by the State of
Maharashtra. The plot was not reserved for Defence personnel
or Kargil war heroes," Shinde, former Maharashtra Chief
Minister said in an affidavit filed before the two-member
enquiry commission set up to probe the Adarsh scam.
Shinde said the allotment of the land to Adarsh Society
was done by the government only after proper scrutiny of all
"The Letter of Intent dated January 18, 2003 made it
clear that the land was alloted according to Government
Resolution (GR) of July 1999 which did not provide reservation
for war heroes," the affidavit says.
Shinde has denied allegation of receiving favours from
the Society members and has said that due process of law was
followed and verification was done by several state government
officials before granting permission to the high-rise.
"During my tenure as Chief Minister from May 2003 till
November 2004, I did not get any complaint about any alleged
irregularity in allotment of the land to Adarsh Society,"
Shinde said in the affidavit.
The affidavit was filed in reply to summons issued by the
Commission early this month.
Former State Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, who was also
directed to file an affidavit today sought an extension till
June 13, which was granted.