The corrupt face of Congress has been exposed yet again in the Adarsh housing society scam.
The report of the judicial commission of inquiry on the Adarsh scam tabled in the Legislative Assembly on Friday indicted several politicians including three former Chief Ministers for ‘blatant violations” of statutory provisions.
The former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has been indicted for trading favours as three of his relatives got flats in the tower.
The Judicial commission in its final report has indicted four former Chief Ministers and other politicians.
The report said Adarsh society enjoyed political patronage of former Chief Ministers, Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sushil Kumar Shinde and Ashok Chavan, former Revenue Minister Shivajirao Nilangekar Patil, former Ministers for Urban Development Sunil Tatkare and Rajesh Tope and Late Babasaheb kupekar.
The report said Chavan and other bureaucrats gave permissions and clearances as a quid pro quo. It also said that Shinde (now union Home Minister) showed ‘undue haste’ and overlooked objections raised by the Finance Department with regards to the allotment of land for the society.
By rejecting this report, Chavan has shown that he is also a part of this corruption, along with other three former Chief Ministers who have been named in the report.
Chavan handled the Adarsh file as Revenue Minister in 2002 and later allegedly asked the housing society to take 40 per cent members from civilian category, when it was originally meant only for war veterans, it said.
“There was certainly a nexus between the acts of Chavan and benefits derived by his close relatives. The membership process clearly indicates that grant of requisite permission by Chavan was by way of quid pro quo,” it said.
According to the commission, whose report was tabled in Assembly yesterday, membership to the housing society was not open for general public and it was controlled by a small coterie.
“A few lords or coterie of the Adarsh like former MLC late Kanhaiyalal Gidwani and RC Thakur (a defence estate cadre officer) played vital and effective role in proposing the names of the new members of the society. They had a final say in the matter of proposing names of members.”
The commission said certain submissions made by Deshmukh before it were found to be incorrect. Deshmukh, as Chief Minister, had sanctioned additional FSI (floor space index or construction right) for the building.
This was done despite a similar proposal being rejected by his predecessor Shinde on November 24, 2003. “The grant of additional FSI gave a wrong message to the public that undue favour was being shown to Adarsh.”
Source : Niti Central