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Adarsh panel to take action on two `evasive` officials

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 01:01

Mumbai: Irked by frequent absence of the
officials from the state Law and Judiciary department, the
two-member enquiry commission, set up to probe into the Adarsh
Housing Society scam, on Monday said it would take `appropriate`
action against the chief secretary and principal secretary of
the department.

The commission, headed by retired High Court justice J
A Patil, made this observation after both the officials--chief
secretary and principal secretary--remained absent on four
occasions despite summons were issued against them to appear
before the Commission, along with all relevant documents in
possession with the state law and judiciary department,
pertaining to Adarsh society.
Earlier in the day, officials from the Ministry of
Environment and Forests (MOEF), Brihanmumbai Electric Supply
and State Transport (BEST) and CBI, which is probing the
Adarsh scam, submitted relevant documents before the

The commission, which began its probe last week, had
pulled up many officials of the State and Central government
for failing to submit documents in a proper format despite
summons issued to them well in advance.
The panel is likely to start recording of statement of
the first witness, Brigadier Deepak Saxena, on Thursday in
connection with the scam involving the high rise building.

Earlier, the panel was constituted to look into the
issues of land ownership of Adarsh society; whether the land
was reserved for Kargil war martyrs; reservation of flats,
expansion of adjoining road, change in reservation of the BEST
plot, alleged role of bureaucrats and violations of CRZ norms.


First Published: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 01:01
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