Adarsh panel submits its first report to state

A first report of the two-member commission probing the Adarsh society scandal has been submitted to the Maharashtra government.

Written by Express News Service | Published: April 13, 2012 2:40:38 am

A first report of the two-member commission probing the Adarsh society scandal has been submitted to the Maharashtra government.

The commission has sent a detailed report on two of 13 reference points on the issue of ownership and reservation of the land in question.

However,it was not clear when or whether it would be tabled before the state legislature,a source at the commission said.

The report on examining 36 witnesses has come to a conclusion on the aspect of the ownership of the plot in Colaba allotted to Adarsh and whether it was meant for housing war heroes and Kargil widows.

“A compiled report has been dispatched to Mantralaya. It will now be translated into Marathi from English,” confirmed an officer from the commission.

The commission has so far recorded statements of 36 witnesses. The Ministry of Defence has examined four witnesses,whereas the state government has examined 12. The commission has also examined 13 independent witnesses,which include Santosh Daundkar and other social activists. Adarsh society has examined three witnesses.

The commission will now go on with its normal course of examination from April 16.

The two-member panel of Justice J A Patil and P Subramanium on Thursday said it will decide next month when to summon other bureaucrats and politicians.

“On May 12,the commission will decide on the dates to summon Ashok Chavan,Sunil Tatkre and Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar. While on May 23,it will decide when to summon Sushil Kumar Shinde and Vilasrao Deshmukh,” confirmed a source.

The state government had claimed ownership of the land,which it says was reclaimed in the 1970s.

Disputing the claim,the defence ministry contended that the plot allotted to Adarsh had been in its possession for four decades.

It is alleged that apartments in the society were allotted to top officials and relatives of politicians in exchange for official favours.

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