Adarsh case: Chavan granted extension till June 20



Mumbai: Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan was on Monday given extension till June 20 to file his affidavit before the judicial panel probing the Adarsh Housing Society scam in which he is an accused.

The Congress leader was issued summons by the two-member commission on May 10 directing him to file his affidavit with regard to the Adarsh files he had dealt with.

Chavan, however, sought further time as he wanted to examine all documents before filing his reply. The two-member panel on Monday directed him to file his affidavit on June 20.

Chavan was accused of recommending 40 percent allotment of flats in the Adarsh Society, originally meant for Kargil war widows, to civilians when he was the revenue minister. His relatives allegedly got flats in the highrise.

Until now, only Union Power Minister and former chief minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, who had also dealt with Adarsh files, has submitted his affidavit.

Union Rural Development Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, who was recently given another extension by the panel, is likely to file his affidavit on June 17.

The commission has so far recorded the evidence of three witnesses, including Brigadier Deepak Saxena of state Army Headquarters and Defence Estate Officer Geeta Kashyap.

PTI