Ownership of Adarsh land unclear: Def estate officer to panel

A defence estate official told a judicial panel that the land in question is in dispute and the ownership of which is not yet clear.

Mumbai: A day after claiming that the
land where the controversial Adarsh Housing Society stands is
owned by the Maharashtra government, a defence estate official on Wednesday told a judicial panel that the land in question is in
dispute and the ownership of which is not yet clear.

"Although there is no record of the Adarsh land in the
Military Land Records, there is an affidavit filed by under
secretary of Government of India before the Bombay High Court
stating that the right to own and occupy Adarsh land was
created in favour of Defence Ministry by the state government.

This statement was made on the basis of a December 1958 letter
written by the union government to Maharashtra government,"
defence estate officer, Geeta Kashyap told the panel.
A two-member enquiry commission, set up to probe into
the Adarsh scam, is recording the evidence of Kashyap.

Kashyap yesterday told the commission that the
Ministry of Defence had not taken any action against a
notification issued by the state government changing the
Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport(BEST)reservation of
a road adjacent to the high rise society as the Adarsh land is
not owned by them.

Kashyap had in April 2010 also issued a letter to the
Army Headquarters (Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat) stating that
after verification of land records and documents it is learnt
that the Adarsh land belongs to Maharashtra government.
However, she told the judicial panel that the land
where Adarsh stands is in dispute. "I am not aware as to
when possession of the land was obtained by the state
government from the Army. The handing over of possession of
land is not entered in the defence estate records as it is a
disputed land," Kashyap said.

PTI

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