Missing Adarsh papers: 25 Govt staffers quizzed till now

Entire notings of a file pertaining to the scam-ridden Adarsh Housing Society here were stolen by those who could have benefited from it and over 25 government personnel have been questioned.

Updated: Jan 04, 2011, 22:44 PM IST

Mumbai: Entire notings of a file
pertaining to the scam-ridden Adarsh Housing Society here were
stolen by those who could have benefited from it and over 25
government personnel have been questioned in this regard, a
Crime Branch official said on Tuesday.

"So far, over 25 government personnel have been
questioned in connection with the theft of key documents from
the file. These missing documents are actually the pages of
notings in the file. There are over 20 pages of notings which
are missing," the official said on condition of anonymity.

The theft has been committed by those who could have
benefited from it, the official added.

The theft case was filed by police on November 27, a
day after Gurudas Bajpe, Secretary of the Urban Development
Department (UDD), gave a written complaint about the missing
papers. The matter has been transferred to the Crime Branch.

The disappearance of the papers was brought to the
notice of UDD by CBI, probing into the Adarsh scam, where
flats built in Colaba in the name of Kargil war heroes were
alloted to bureaucrats, politicians` kin and defence officers.

The missing papers include remarks of the state
government officials and the then Chief Minister.

The probe till now suggested that the notings could
have been stolen only after 2003 when this particular file,
containing details about environmental clearance and road
change permission, was closed, the official said.

"The file is among 12 files related to the Adarsh
Society. It dealt with environment clearance and reduction of
a nearby road`s width for construction of the society."

PTI