Summon Ramesh over missing file from MOEF: Adarsh Society
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Last Updated: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 21:32
  
Mumbai: The lawyers of Adarsh Housing Society on Thursday requested the Commission of Inquiry to summon Union Minister of Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh, to seek explanation of disappearance of files from his ministry, and a disclosure of their content.

But the Commission said there was no need to summon the Minister at this stage.

"The Minister should be summoned and asked to file an affidavit explaining why these files were not submitted before the Commission along with the other documents pertaining to the Society," said advocate Satish Maneshinde, Adarsh's lawyer.

Commission is probing the alleged irregularities in the allotment of plot to the Society in a prime south Mumbai area, and grant of subsequent construction permissions.

In an application to the Commission, the Society has said Ramesh and the concerned MOEF officers should be asked to explain how the file containing the correspondence between the ministry and Government of Maharashtra was lost.

"Why was this particular file not submitted before the Commission along with all the other documents the Union Ministry produced earlier? Now they (ministry) have concocted a story that the files are missing," Maneshinde said.

Commission however said there was no need to summon the Union Minister at this stage. "The Minister would be summoned if required at a later stage. The Society's application can be considered then," said Justice J A Patil (retd), heading the Commission.

Earlier this month, MoEF had informed CBI (which is probing the scam) that a file containing correspondence between the ministry and Urban Development Department of Maharashtra government had gone missing from its office.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 21:32


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