Maha ministers, officials helped allot Adarsh plot
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 00:42
Mumbai: One of the chief promoters of the controversial Adarsh Society and former Congress MLC Kanhaiyalal Gidwani on Tuesday told a judicial panel that his "relations" with ministers and bureaucrats in the Maharashtra government helped in allotment of the plot for the high-rise.

"In 1999 I was not MLC but an active member of the Shiv Sena which was then in power. It will not be incorrect to say that my good relations with ministers and bureaucrats helped allotment of plot to Adarsh society," Gidwani told a two-member inquiry commission.

He also admitted he was aware that the land was in possession of the local military authority.

"I was not asked by Brig M M Wanchoo or Adarsh Society promoter R C Thakur to use my good relations with the Ministry of Defence. I did not write any letter to the defence ministry in connection with the possession of the land," he said.

Wanchoo and R C Thakur are also accused in the case. He, however, claimed that he was unaware that the proposed society was being built to accommodate only the family members of Kargil war martyrs and widows.

Gidwani, who along with his two sons - Kailash and Amit - owns three flats in the 31-storey building in south Mumbai, said he was approached by Thakur and Wanchoo after a plot near Oyster and Dolphin building in Colaba was first selected for constructing the high-rise.


First Published: Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 00:42

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