After two extensions,Adarsh panel ‘to conclude probe not before March’

Halfway into its second extension,the Adarsh commission appointed early this year to probe the controversy still has a long way to go before it concludes its inquiry.

Written by NEERAD PANDHARIPANDE | Mumbai | Published:October 10, 2011 1:24 am

Halfway into its second extension,the Adarsh commission appointed early this year to probe the controversy still has a long way to go before it concludes its inquiry. The two-member fact-finding commission,which was set up on January 8,was given a three-month extension on April 7 and subsequently a six-month extension on July 8.

Speaking to The Indian Express,lawyer for the Adarsh Society Saket Mone said the panel could take up to March next year to complete its inquiry. However,it could take longer if it decides to cross-examine all the allottees of the society,he said.

As of now,the commission is faced with more than 1,50,000 documents contained in 379 files,as stated by Justice J A Patil (retired) in a recent order. Apart from this,Justice Patil added that the panel is looking at more than 100 affidavits filed by different persons from time to time.

Justice Patil,the chairperson of the commission,made this statement while giving his order on whether the counsel for the commission has the authority to cross-examine witnesses.

The commission has examined 13 witnesses till now,starting with Brigadier Deepak Saxena in May up to R C Thakur,a former officer in the Defence Estates Department.

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