NCP leader and MLA Jitendra Awhad,who owns a flat in the controversial Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society,on Monday told the judicial commission that he had bought the flat as he was interested in owning a flat in Mumbai,and that he owns no other house anywhere in Maharashtra.
Ahwad claims to have paid over Rs 79 lakh to the Society,and also claimed that the house was bought after he was approached by former MLC Kanahaiyalal Gidwani,promoter of the Society.
Gidwani,who allegedly owns over seven flats in the Society,has been chargesheeted by the CBI in the Adarsh scam.
In his statement,Awhad claims that he had paid for his flat through one Jitnat Infrastructure Pvt Ltd,a company of which he was a director till early 2012.
All the payments made by Jitnat Infrastructure Pvt Ltd. were not routed through me,but they were paid directly to the Society, Ahwad has claimed in his testimony.
A two-member judicial panel headed by retired Justice J A Patil is probing whether there were any irregularities in forming the Adarsh Society. The judicial panel has already held that the land on which he controversial building stands belongs to the Maharashtra government and was never reserved for defence personnel or Kargil war heroes.