Adarsh: No other building poses threat, says Army
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Last Updated: Monday, May 09, 2011, 20:50
Mumbai: Ministry of Defence on Monday told the commission of inquiry probing the Adarsh scam that apart from the 31-storey Adarsh building in upscale Colaba here, no other building posed a security threat to the Army installation.

"Apart from Adarsh, no other building poses a threat to the security of the Army installation. If one goes to the rooftop of Adarsh building, the entire Army area can be observed without any restriction," Brigadier Deepak Saxena from the Army headquarters (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa) stated.

Although there were other high-rises in the vicinity, those buildings did not have a view of the sensitive Army installation, the Brigadier told the two-member commission.

When asked by advocate Satish Maneshinde (appearing for the society) whether the Army objected to Taj Hotel, RBI building and World Trade Centre which are in the same area, Saxena said, "To my knowledge so far the Ministry of Defence has not taken any objection. But all these buildings have been in existence for the past 50 to 100 years and hence nothing can be done about them now."

He further said prior to the 1990s, threat-perception was not high.

"Threat-perception has increased post 1990s. Regarding other high-rise residential buildings in Colaba area, the Army conducts regular security audit of all the members and their antecedents," Saxena said adding that no verification of the members of Adarsh society had been done yet.

Deposition of Saxena, the first witness to appear before the commission, would continue tomorrow.

One of the allegations against Adarsh is that the plot where it stands belonged to the defence ministry and state government could not have allotted it to the society.


First Published: Monday, May 09, 2011, 20:50

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