CAG to take view on probing Adarsh scam shortly: Vinod Rai

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 15:44

New Delhi: Government auditor CAG Wednesday said
it will shortly take a view on probing the Adarsh housing
scam, which led to the ouster of Maharashtra Chief Minister
Ashok Chavan.

"We will take a view on that (probing the Adarsh housing
scam) in due course," Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG)
Vinod Rai told reporters when asked if the CAG was looking at
the scam.

Contrary to some media reports, he clarified that at
present CAG "was not auditing the Adarsh Housing Society
scam".

Rai was talking to reporters after inaugurating the new
logo of the Indian Audit and Accounts Department.

A controversy had erupted last month over how the Adarsh
Housing Society, originally meant to be a six-storey structure
to house Kargil war heroes and widows, got converted into a
31-storey tower through alleged collusion of bureaucrats,
politicians and top defence officers.

The controversy fundamentally hinges around whether the
plot of land belonged to the army or to the state government.

The Mumbai housing scam came as an embarrassment to the
Congress party, which accepted the resignation of state Chief
Minister Ashok Chavan. He will be replaced by Prithviraj
Chavan, currently Minister of State in the Prime Minister`s
Office.

Yesterday, Defence Minister A K Antony had ordered CBI
probe to fix responsibility of the Armed Forces and Defence
Estates officers in the Housing society scam.
Also, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said he expected
some action to be taken by his department against the upscale
Adarsh Housing Society in the "next two to three days" for
alleged violation of environmental norms.

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 alienate the land, which was in Army`s
possession till 1999-2000, in favour of the Housing Society.

Also, over 40 officers from the armed forces and
Defence Estates, too, had got flats allotted in the society.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 15:44

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