Adarsh scam: CBI sends reminder to society`s management

The CBI sent a reminder to the Adarsh co-operative housing society`s management asking it to furnish documents pertaining to the high-rise and its members at the earliest.

Updated: Nov 03, 2010, 23:48 PM IST

Mumbai: The Central Bureau of Investigation,
looking into the upscale Adarsh co-operative housing society
scam here, on Wednesday, sent a reminder to the society`s management
asking it to furnish documents pertaining to the high-rise and
its members at the earliest.

"A team of CBI officials visited the premises of the
building and gave a letter at the society office, seeking
various documents pertaining to the high-rise," said a CBI
official on condition of anonymity.

"Details such as when the society was formed, how many
members are there, who are the members and mode of payment
made by them to purchase the flats, documents related to
various permissions granted by different government agencies
to the high-rise, etc were among the various things we want to
know," the official added.

"For this, we sought the documents that would answer all
our queries," the official said adding it was a reminder in
which they had asked the society to submit the documents at
the earliest. A controversy has erupted over how the Adarsh society in
south Mumbai`s Colaba, originally meant to be a six-storey
structure for house Kargil war heroes and widows, was
converted into a 31-storey building.

The high-rise is built on 6,450 sq metres within the
Colaba naval area and was cleared on the condition of housing
war veterans but now has 104 members, including senior Army
commanders, a former Environment Minister, legislators and
state bureaucrats.

The Indian Navy yesterday told CBI that it had not issued
`No Objection Certificate` for the construction of the
building.

The CBI has also written to the Union and the state
Ministry of Environment and Forests, seeking details about the
clearance given to construction of the building.

The departments have been asked to provide details like
if they have issued a clearance for the construction of
building and if the area falls under Coastal Regulation Zone
II, they added.

PTI