Adarsh land belongs to govt and not army

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Updated: 17 Apr 2012 01:37 AM

New Delhi: In a
huge relief to the Maharashtra government, the judicial commission of
inquiry looking into the Adarsh housing scam has held that the land on
which the controversial building stands belongs to the State and not the

The two-member panel, which had submitted its interim report to the
government last Friday, has also held that the building was not reserved
for war heroes and Kargil widows. The interim report was discussed by the
Maharashtra Cabinet on Tuesday, sources close to the development said,
adding it is likely to be tabled in the legislature later in the day.

The commission headed by former Bombay High Court judge J.A. Patil
includes former State Chief Secretary P. Subramanian. The report,
according to sources, has thrown light on the issues of ownership of the
land on which the 31-storey high-rise stands in upscale Colaba, and if it
was reserved for war heroes and Kargil widows.

The allegations in the case are that the land was allotted by the State
government to the Adarsh Society though it belonged to the Defence
Ministry, and the building came up in violation of several civic and
environmental norms. The State government had approached the commission a
few months ago seeking an interim report on the points of title and

The Maharashtra government had appointed the two-member panel to probe the
Adarsh Society scam in January 2011. The panel has been tasked with
probing all aspects of the scam, including ownership of the land and
allotment, as well as alleged violations of rules in grant of various
clearances to the building. The commission is also looking into violation
of coastal zone regulations.

A number of top civil and army officials and politicians, including former
chief Minister Ashok Chavan, are alleged to have facilitated clearances
for the building and got flats in it as quid pro quo. Nine of the 14
accused, including two senior IAS officers, have been arrested for their
alleged involvement in the scam.