Adarsh scam: Army issues show cause notice to Maj Gen

After completing its Court of Inquiry into the Adarsh Housing Society scam, the Army has issued show cause notice to a serving Major General about his alleged role in allowing the building to be constructed on defence land.

Last Updated: Mar 29, 2011, 23:50 PM IST

New Delhi: After completing its Court of
Inquiry into the Adarsh Housing Society scam, the Army has
issued show cause notice to a serving Major General about his
alleged role in allowing the private building to be
constructed on defence land.

"After the Court of Inquiry (COI), the Army has issued
a show cause notice to Maj Gen Ram Kanwar Hooda, the then
General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Maharashtra, Gujarat
and Goa Area about his role in the whole issue and he has
also submitted his reply," Army sources said in Delhi.

The Army had ordered a CoI under Pune-based Military
Intelligence School Commandant Lt Gen JS Rawat after the scam
broke out to probe the role of serving officers including
Hooda in the scam.

After the COI was ordered, Hooda, serving as
Additional Director General (Mechanised Forces) at the Army
Headquarters here, was put under Discipline and Vigilance (DV)
ban by the Adjutant General`sbranch.

Any officer under the such a ban is not considered for
any course or promotion by the authorities.

The CoI was completed in January and has concluded
that the land on which the society was built belonged to the
Army and was wrongfully given away to private builders.

The 104-apartment society got embroiled in a
controversy after the navy had raised concerns over security
as the building over-looked important military installations.

On December 9 last year, Defence Minister AK Antony
had ordered a CBI probe to fix responsibility of the armed
forces and defence estates officers in the housing scam.

He had asked the CBI to look into the circumstances
under which a `No Objection Certificate` was issued to the
housing society to construct the 31-storey building on a piece
of land, which was in the "de facto" possession of the Army.

The probe agency was also asked to investigate into
the commitments made for allotment of flats in the society for
Kargil widows and martyrs` families.

Former army chiefs Gen Deepak Kapoor and NC Vij,
apart from former navy chief Admiral Madhavendra Singh had
flats allotted in their names in the housing society.

Soon after the scam came to light, the defence
ministry had asked the Army, Navy and the defence estates to
submit a report on the issue.

The preliminary findings of the ministry`s probe
brought out "criminal conspiracy" at the local level in army
and defence estates to give up the land, which was in army`s
possession till 1999-2000, in favour of the housing society.

PTI