Brigadier (Retd) M M Wanchoo,promoter of Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society,on Monday said it was former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan who had personally suggested an increase in the number of civilians in the society,which was essentially meant for Defence personnel.
Deposing before the judicial panel probing into the irregularities,Wanchoo also told the commission that he along with society secretary R C Thakur and former Congress MLC Kanhaiyalal Gidwani had a meeting with Chavan,the then Revenue Minister,in June 2000. This meeting was about Adarshs proposal seeking land in south Mumbai.
As per a Government Resolution of 1999,we knew we had to include 20 per cent civilians. If I remember correctly,it was Revenue Minister Ashok Chavan who suggested inclusion of additional 20 per cent civilian members, Wanchoo told the commission.
He further claimed the society had written a letter to the then Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and Chavan,stating that it was ready to have 40 per cent non-Defence members in Adarsh.
These claims contradict Chavans deposition,who on June 30 had claimed before the commission that there was no discussion on inclusion of civilians in the society.