Maharashtra Govt.will table Adarsh Inquiry Commission report in assembly

   Dec 10, 7:48 pm

Mumbai, Dec. 10 (ANI): The Bombay High Court was told by the Maharashtra Government on Tuesday that it will table its report on the inquiry into the Adarsh Society Housing scam during the ongoing winter session of the state assembly.

A two-judge division bench of the high court comprising of Justices V M Kanade and M S Sonak was told by government pleader G. W.Mattos that the report would be tabled during the assembly session in Nagpur.

The bench was hearing a petition filed by the Maharashtra BJP unit that sought a direction to the government to table the report before the Legislature.

The government had yesterday sought dismissal of the petition on the ground that under Section 3(4) of the Commission of Inquiry Act, it is not mandatory for the state government to table the report.

However, the court refused to accept the argument, saying it would consider the issue of whether or not it was mandatory later, but the government should first at least indicate if it was going to table the report in the winter session.

The Adarsh Housing Society is a cooperative society in Mumbai. The origins of the scam go back to February 2002 when a request was made to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra to allot land in the heart of Mumbai for the construction of a housing complex for "the welfare of serving and retired personnel of the Defence Services".

Over a period of ten years, top politicians, bureaucrats and military officers proceeded to bend several rules and perpetrate various acts of omission and commission in order to have the building constructed and then get themselves allotted flats on this premier property at artificially lowered prices.

As the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India to the President of India in 2011 put it, "The episode of Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society reveals how a group of select officials, placed in key posts, could subvert rules and regulations in order to grab prime government land- a public property- for personal benefit."

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Income Tax Department and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) are in the process of investigating allegations that three former chief ministers, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Vilasrao Deshmukh and Ashok Chavan of the state of Maharashtra were also involved in the scam.

The Adarsh society high-rise was constructed in the Colaba locality of Mumbai, which is considered a sensitive coastal area by the Indian Defence forces and houses various Indian Defense establishments. The society is also alleged to have violated the Indian environment ministry rules.

Several inquiries have been ordered by the army and the Government to probe into the irregularities. (ANI)

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