Adarsh commission shuts office,documents moved to Mantralaya

AFTER two years and four months,eight extensions and a 700-page report,the commission appointed by the state to probe the 31-storey Adarsh Housing Society scam is winding up operations at its Old Customs House office in Horniman Circle.

Written by Express News Service | Published: April 23, 2013 2:34:16 am

AFTER two years and four months,eight extensions and a 700-page report,the commission appointed by the state to probe the 31-storey Adarsh Housing Society scam is winding up operations at its Old Customs House office in Horniman Circle.

Over 13 cupboards full of documents — including affidavits,letters and law points submitted by the state government and the defence and environment ministries,as well as from over 100 members who own houses in the society —were shifted to Mantralaya Monday.

“We are handing over all the documents to the state government. Furniture,air-conditioners,ceiling fans,which were provided by Public Works Department are also packed to be returned,” said commission secretary N N Kumbhar. The Adarsh judicial panel comprised Justice (retired) J A Patil and member P Subrahmanyam.

The commission,which operated out of the third floor of Old Customs House building had over 10 computers,a photo-copier machine,a fax machine and over 50 books pertaining to civil law provided by MMRDA. “In two days,everything will be dispatched to the department,” Kumbhar said.

The Adarsh commission was set up with 13 terms of reference. Last year,the panel submitted its first report,saying the land on which Adarsh Society stands belonged to the state government and that apartments were not reserved for families of Kargil war heroes.

On April 19,the commission submitted its final report on the remaining 11 terms of reference which looked into the legality of the narrowing of Prakash Pethe Marg,de-reserving a BEST plot,whether the provisions of the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act were contravened by the society,and whether top bureaucrats and politicians were given membership quid pro quo for granting various permissions to the society.

The confidential report that was handed over to Chief Secretary J K Banthia will be tabled only in the next assembly session,said Kumbhar. “A sub-committee will be formed and after discussion on the commission’s report,it will be tabled before the Assembly,” he added.

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