Adarsh panel issues summons to Deshmukh, Ashok Chavan

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 12:37

Mumbai: The inquiry commission probing
the Adarsh Housing Society scam has issued summons to former Maharashtra Chief Ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh and Ashok Chavan
to appear before it as witnesses.

The two-member commission, which summoned Union
Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde last week, issued summons to
Deshmukh, presently Union Minister for Rural Development, and
Chavan yesterday.

Chavan, who had to step down as the state chief
minister last year following the Adarsh controversy, has been named among the 14 accused by the CBI in its probe into the scam.
Chavan, the then State Revenue minister, is accused of
recommending 40 per cent allotment of flats in the Adarsh
Society, originally meant for Kargil war widows, to civilians.

His relatives allegedly got flats in return.

Deshmukh as Chief Minister had dealt with files
pertaining to the high rise in upscale Colaba.

Both the ex-CMs have now been added to the list of 17
witnesses summoned last week.
The list includes State Minister for Water Resources
Sunil Tatkare, Adarsh Society`s General Secretary R C Thakur,
former Principal Secretary of Urban Development department
Ramanand Tiwari, Congress leader K L Gidwani, former Collector
of Mumbai, Pradeep Vyas and former Under Secretary of Urban
Development department P V Deshmukh.

The Commission is presently recording the evidence of
first witness, Brigadier Deepak Saxena of the Army
Headquarters (Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat).


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First Published: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 12:37

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