Mumbai: Former Maharashtra chief minister
Vilasrao Deshmukh showed "unusual interest" in seeking
information on the status of the land on which the Adarsh
Housing Society stands, city collector Chandrashekhar Oak told
a judicial panel on Monday.
"Vilasrao Deshmukh, the then chief minister, had
sought information regarding Block No. 6 on an urgent and
important basis. The direction bore notings in Marathi by the
chief minister as `tatkal/mahatwache` (urgent/important) which
was unusual," he told the panel probing the Adarsh scam.
According to Oak, who was working in the chief
minister`s secretariat then, the direction was given by
Deshmukh in 2000.
"It is not a common practice for the chief minister to
send a file with words `tatkal` in respect of land matters. It
was not a regular practice of Vilasrao Deshmukh to mark every
file pertaining to land matters as `tatkal`," he said.
Following the file sent by Deshmukh, the under
secretary of Revenue and Forest department had issued a letter
to the superintendent of Land Records on March 6, 2000 seeking
details of the land where Adarsh building stands.
"I am not aware as to why the directions by the word
`tatkal` were given in this file," Oak said.
The collector is currently deposing before the two-
member inquiry commission, set up by the state government to
probe into allegations that rules were flouted by bureaucrats
while granting permission to the Adarsh Housing Society.
Deshmukh, in his affidavit filed before the panel last
month, sought to put the onus of the alleged irregularities in
Adarsh on the Revenue Department and Mumbai collector.