Regular case registered against 13 people in Adarsh scam: Govt

After completing the preliminary inquiry in the Adarsh Housing Society scam, CBI has registered a regular case against 13 people, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

Last Updated: Mar 09, 2011, 19:48 PM IST

New Delhi: After completing the
preliminary inquiry in the Adarsh Housing Society scam, CBI
has registered a regular case against 13 people, the Rajya
Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

In his written reply, Defence Minister A K Antony
said, "The preliminary inquiry has been completed and a
regular case has been registered on January 29, 2011 against
13 accused persons under sections of Indian Penal Code and
Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988."
An enquiry was ordered by the government after alleged
irregularities in the allotment of land to Adarsh Cooperative
Housing Society in Mumbai and construction of the high-rise
building on it.

The Minister said that the investigation is in
progress.

Meanwhile, replying to a query on proposed Independent
Land Regulator for defence lands, Antony said, "Having an
Independent Regulator for management of defence land has been
recommended by the Standing Committee of Defence."

"The Ministry has sought guidance from the Committee
regarding the duties and responsibilities of such an
Independent Regulator. The Ministry also wants to know as to
how such a Regulator would be different from the existing set
up of Director General of Defence Estates (DGDE) and how his
independence will help in making him more effective," he said.
The Minister said that in the view of the Ministry, an
Independent Regulator was useful when there were multiple
players operating in the market and when government itself may
be a player.

"In such a situation, rules and regulations have to be
formulated to ensure fair play and level-playing field in the
market and any violation of rules and regulations so framed
has to be punished. In the instant case, DGDE was essentially
performing state functions i.e. management of Defence land on
behalf of the Ministry," the Minister said.

He said that the final decision will be taken on
receipt of guidance from the Committee.

PTI