Mumbai: Maharashtra Industries Minister and
Congress leader Narayan Rane on Wednesday said he had not taken any
decision regarding the controversial Adarsh Housing Society
when he was the Chief Minister in 1999.
Making a suo-motu statement in the Legislative Assembly
here, Rane said an application regarding the proposed Society
had come to him on September 21, 1999.
He said he forwarded the application to the revenue
department, with the remark "submit a report immediately".
"No decision was taken during my tenure. Even the Deputy
Secretary of Revenue department, J K Gharat, has told the
judicial commission (probing the scam) that no further action
was taken on those remarks," he said.
Subhash Desai of Shiv Sena had raised the issue in the
Assembly yesterday. Referring to it, Rane alleged that Sena --
his former party -- was trying to drag his name into the
controversy for no reason. "The issue was raised on the floor
of the house based on news reports which were not factual.
This is an attempt of character assassination."
Adarsh, a 31-storey building in South Mumbai, was
allegedly built on Defence Ministry`s land, in violation of
environmental as well as civic laws.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan today said
that the enquiry into the scam was going on in the right
direction and the truth would come out.
"The CBI and Adarsh Commission are conducting the enquiry
appropriately and even the government wants to know the
truth," Chavan said in the Legislative Council. Shiv Sena MLC
Diwakar Rawate and Dr Neelam Gorhe had sought a discussion on
the issue earlier in the morning.