Mumbai: In a reversal, Ministry of
Defence on Tuesday told the Commission of inquiry probing into the
Adarsh scam that there is no record to show the society was a
security threat to the nearby Army installation.
"The Army or Navy has no record or material to show
that the high-rise Adarsh building and its 103 members are a
security threat," Brigadier Deepak Saxena of the Army
headquarters (Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Goa) stated.
Saxena, the first witness to appear before the
Commission, had yesterday claimed that apart from the 31-
storey Adarsh building in upscale Colaba, no other building
poses a threat to security of the Army installation there.
"If one goes to the roof-top of Adarsh building, the
entire Army area can be observed without any restriction,"
Saxena had said yesterday.
When asked by advocate Satish Maneshinde (appearing
for the Society) if there was anything to show that the
structure was a security threat, the brigadier today replied
in the negative.
Saxena further said that since 2006 till date there
have been no complaints of breach of security by the building
or any of its members.
"Neither the Army nor the Navy has approached the
local police to conduct security audit of the 103 members of
Adarsh society," he said.
Saxena`s deposition would continue tomorrow.
One of the allegations against Adarsh is that the plot
where it stands belonged to the Defence Ministry and the state
government could not have allotted it to the Society.