Gen Kapoor meets Antony

Facing criticism over securing an apartment in the controversial Adarsh Housing Society in Mumbai, former Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor today met Defence Minister A K Antony.

Last Updated: Nov 04, 2010, 20:03 PM IST

New Delhi: Facing criticism over securing
an apartment in the controversial Adarsh Housing Society in
Mumbai, former Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor today met
Defence Minister A K Antony and is understood to have
explained his position.

During the 30-minute meeting at the Defence Ministry
here, Kapoor is believed told Antony that he welcomed a probe
into allotments and other complaints against the housing
society.

The Defence Minister subsequently met Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh and is believed to have apprised him on the
progress made in the housing scam probe.

The scam resurfaced recently after Western Naval
Commander Vice Admiral Sanjeev Bhasin flagged security
concerns over the 31-storey highrise coming up within the
security perimeter of the naval base in Mumbai.

Today`s meeting took place after Kapoor sought an
appointment to clear the air over the criticism that he and
fellow services Chiefs had got flats for themselves in the
upscale Colaba housing society, though a part of it was meant
for Kargil widows and martyr`s families.

He is also understood to have informed Antony that he
had immediately surrendered the allotment of the apartment in
his name, along with another former Army Chief Gen N C Vij and
former Navy Chief Admiral Madhavendra Singh, soon after
learning that there was a provision for Kargil martyrs in the
housing society.

The 100-metre tall building had reportedly come up
on a 6490-sqmt plot of land that was originally in Army`s
possession since early 1940s.

The Army troops in Mumbai were using it for their
training purposes till 1999-2000, when the land was reportedly
transferred to the housing society for construction of the
apartment building.

The Defence Minister had sought reports on the
controversy from the Army, Navy and Defence Estates, who have
already submitted their findings and recommendations.

The Ministry`s findings suggests that there "prima
facie" was a "criminal conspiracy" in the Adarsh Housing
Society in which some Army officers in Mumbai had issued a No
Objection Certificate to the building coming up on the land.

Accordingly, the ministry is collating all the
relevant information from the three reports and is
contemplating "punitive action" of its retired and serving
personnel and the housing society. The ministry is expected to
announce its action on Monday.

The options being considered included probes by CBI
and by Income Tax on the money trail for the housing project.

PTI