Adarsh scam: Army officer says he was intimidated

Last Updated: Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 23:41

Mumbai: Senior Army officer Major General SS Jog on Thursday told the judicial commission probing Adarsh scam here that he had been "intimidated" by the then GOC, Major General AR Kumar, into signing a letter addressed to Mumbai Collector, which was considered as an NOC from Ministry of Defence for the construction of Adarsh Society.

Jog had yesterday deposed that he had been forced to
sign this letter, in reply to Collector`s query about whether
Adarsh fell in Defence area.

Deposing before the two-member commission today, Jog said
Kumar also yelled at him on the telephone over the issue.

Jog also said that the initial letter from Mumbai
collector, dated March 20, 2000, went directly to the GOC,
bypassing the usual channels."I thought Kumar was acting
dishonestly," said Jog.

Kumar figures as an accused in the FIR filed by CBI in
Adarsh scam case.

To a question what can be called as the Defence land, Jog
replied that any land in Defence Ministry`s possession would a
defence land.

Jog had claimed earlier before the Commission that
his letter to Collector should not have been considered as an
NOC. Neither the state nor the defence counsel today asked any
questions to him on this aspect.

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh is
likely to file his affidavit tomorrow before the commission.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 23:41

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