Deshmukh admits bending Adarsh norms

Former Maharashtra CM Vilasrao Deshmukh bent Adarsh housing society norms for ex-Army chiefs.

Zeenews Bureau

Mumbai: Union Rural Development Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has, in an affidavit, admitted to bending rules in the Adarsh housing society for two ex-Army chiefs, General NC Vij and General Deepak Kapoor.

The former Maharashtra CM disclosed in the 15-page affidavit filed before the two-member inquiry panel that he relaxed rules to enable the two generals to get membership of the society and qualified them for a flat.

"I approved the proposal to relax the domicile norms/conditions in case of Generals Vij and General Kapoor. This decision was fully justified and fitting, considering their eminence and their distinguished service to the nation," Deshmukh said.

However, Deshmukh acknowledged that he did not entertain any other request for flat membership in the Adarsh complex.

Earlier, Deshmukh had said his role was peripheral as far as housing allotments were concerned.

On the Adarsh society land, Deshmukh told the commission, “The records maintained with the office of the Collector of Mumbai clearly show that the land belonged to the state government and the ownership of the land was never an issue at any stage so far as I am concerned".

He further refuted charges that Maharashtra’s revenue department was ordered to put up a proposal for land allotment to Adarsh society at the insistence of the then Shiv Sena MLC Kanaihyalal Gidwani.

"The suggestion that I ordered the allotment of land to Adarsh in an irregular and/ or improper manner to favour Gidwani is fully mischievous," he said.

The two-member inquiry panel, set up to probe irregularities in Adarsh housing society, is headed by retired Bombay High Court Judge JA Patil.

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