Adarsh panel issues summons to society members
Mumbai: The commission of inquiry formed by
the Maharashtra government to probe alleged irregularities in
the Adarsh housing society has set in motion the process by
sending summons to the society members to file their
The summons signed by the Secretary to the commission, N
N Kumbare, were sent to 25 members till yesterday after the
panel received no response to its notification put out in
newspapers inviting affidavits from "persons interested in the
subject matter or affected or likely to be affected by it".
"Of the 103 members, summons has been sent to 25 so
far and the remaining would get it in two to three days," a
highly placed source in the Mantralaya said.
He said the affidavits would be scrutinised within eight
days of receipt before deciding the further course of action.
"On receipt of your affidavit the commission may decide
to summon you to appear before it and give evidence on oath if
it considers necessary," the summons said.
The Justice J A Patil commission was constituted in
January following opposition's mounting demand to bring to
book all those responsible for irregularities in allotment of
flats in the building in upscale Colaba that was meant for war
heroes and Kargil widows.
The flats in the 31-storey building were cornered by
several politicians, bureaucrats and three former defence
On January 16, the Ministry of Environment and Forest
had ordered demolition of the building for violation of the
spirit of the coastal regulation zone (CRZ) laws. The society
members moved the Bombay High Court on February 14 against the
ministry's order, saying it was "wrong in law".
CBI has also registered an FIR against 13 accused
including former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, who was forced
to resign after his name cropped up in the case. Chavan's
relatives too had flats in the building.