No cover up will happen in Adarsh scam: Antony

Defence Minister A K Antony Thursday said his ministry will "not cover up" the Adarsh Housing Society scam.

Last Updated: Nov 11, 2010, 15:41 PM IST

New Delhi: Defence Minister A K Antony Thursday said his ministry will "not cover up" the Adarsh Housing Society scam, but initiate "strict" action against those guilty though top armed forces officers, bureaucrats and politicians were allegedly involved in it.

"I can tell you only one thing...whenever we find anything wrong, we will not cover it up. We will take strict action," Antony told reporters here on the sidelines of an
IDSA event here.

He was replying to a question if names of more defence
officers were stumbling out in the Adarsh Housing Society
case.

Antony said the ministry had requested a CBI probe in the
case on the recommendations of Army Chief General V K Singh,
to whom complaints from some members of Parliament in this
regard had been forwarded.

"When we got a complaint from some members of Parliament
about these allegations, we immediately referred them to the
Army Chief.

"He made an extensive study and after that sent
recommendations to the government. He told the ministry since
there were so many complex issues involved (in Adarsh scam),
it is better to send the matter to CBI," he said.

After the Army Chief`s recommendations, the Ministry too
sought a detailed study on the matter and called for reports
from the Army, Navy, Directorate General of Defence Estates.

"Ultimately, we came to the conclusion that it is better
to accept the recommendations of the Army Chief and we
referred it to CBI for inquiry. So lets wait for CBI inquiry.
Before that, I do not want to come to any conclusion (on the
scam)," he added.
The Defence Minister had recommended the CBI probe to the
government into the scam a couple of days ago to investigate
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 will also investigate the commitments
made for allotment of flats in the 104-apartment society for
Kargil widows and martyrs` families.

Names of former Army Chiefs Gen Deepak Kapoor and Gen N
C Vij, besides former Navy Chief Admiral Madhavendra Singh
figure in the list of allottees in the housing society that
was reportedly meant for families of Kargil martyrs.
Also, over 40 officers from the armed forces and
Defence Estates too had got flats allotted in the society.

PTI