TMC MP alleges scam in another defence land in Mumbai

After blowing the lid off the Adarsh scam in Mumbai, Trinamool Congress MP Ambica Banerjee has now alleged that another defence land in the metropolis was given away to a private pharma company through a NOC from the army.

Last Updated: Nov 15, 2010, 23:23 PM IST

New Delhi: After blowing the lid off the
Adarsh Housing Society scam in Mumbai, Trinamool Congress MP
Ambica Banerjee has now alleged that another defence land in
the metropolis was given away to a private pharma company
through a NOC from the army.

In letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and
Defence Minister A K Antony, Banerjee has also named former
army chief General Deepak Kapoor and former army`s Mumbai area
chief Maj Gen R K Hooda, as being the beneficiaries of the
land transfer in Malad and Kandivili areas of Mumbai.
This time, the MP said, the land was under the control
of the Central Ordnance Depot (COD) of the Defence Ministry
within the army`s Mumbai, Goa and Gujarat (MG and G) Area, but
the local officers colluded with the Mumbai Municipal
officials to issue a no-objection certificate (NOC) for the
pharma company to construct a commercial building.

"Approximately one year back, few officers of the MG
and G Area and COD, with concurrence of senior officers posted
to MG and G Area and Delhi along with BMC officials
facilitated occupation of the defence land by a business
group," he said in the letter dated November 10.

The NOC, the MP claimed, was issued to the BMC stating
that the the piece of land was not army land and after the NOC
was issued, the BMC allowed the pharma company to carry out
construction there.

"The modus operandi to grab defence land was to seek
NOC from army on particular piece of land and then with the
help of BMC, officials start construction on that land.
"As I am told that (sic) for this assistance, people
involved got flats in Mumbai from the company. As of now my
reliable sources has confirmed that the then GOC Maj Gen R K
Hooda and former Chief of Army Staff Gen Deepak Kapoor where
(sic) the main beneficiary (sic) of the deal," Banerjee`s
letter said.

He also demanded an investigation into the Malad and
Kandivili land issues too from the Defence Ministry.

In the Adarsh Housing Society issue, Banerjee had
written similar letters to Singh and Antony, following which
investigations followed.

Later, the Defence Ministry recommended a CBI probe in
the Adarsh Housing Society episode.

It had also come to light that Gen Kapoor along with
another former army chief Gen N C Vij and former navy chief
Admiral Madhavendra Singh had obtained flats in Adarsh Society
in upscale Colaba area.

They promptly returned the allocation after it was
known that the society promised flats to Kargil widows and
martyrs` families for obtaining permission to construct the
31-storey, 104-apartment building.

PTI