Mumbai: Union minister Vilasrao Deshmukh was
on Thursday given an extension till June 17 to file affidavit before
the judicial panel probing the Adarsh scam.
Deshmukh who had dealt with files pertaining to the
highrise in south Mumbai during his tenure as the Maharashtra
chief minister, was issued summons by the two-member
commission on May 10 to file affidavit with regard to the
The panel had initially asked Deshmukh, who is now the
minister for rural development, to file his reply by May 26
but granted him extension till today. He however, sought
further time to file the affidavit citing `official workload`
as the reason.
Deshmukh had passed several proposals, including one made
by the then revenue minister Ashok Chavan seeking 40 per cent
allotment of flats in Adarsh Society to civilians which was
originally meant for Kargil war widows and martyrs, and also a
proposal granting the society additional Floor Space Index by
changing status of adjacent BEST depot to residential type.
Another union minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde, who had also
dealt with the Adarsh files, had submitted his affidavit on
May 26 before the commission while former chief minister
Ashok Chavan is likely to file his reply on June 13.
One of the allegations against the highrise is that the
plot where it stands belonged to the Defence Ministry and the
state government could not have allotted it to the Society.