Adarsh panel issues summons to Vilasrao Deshmukh, Ashok Chavan

PTI Mumbai | Updated on May 11, 2011 Published on May 11, 2011

The inquiry commission probing the Adarsh Housing Society scam has issued summons to the former Maharashtra Chief Ministers, Mr Vilasrao Deshmukh and Mr Ashok Chavan to appear before it as witnesses.

The two-member commission, which summoned the Union Minister, Mr Sushil Kumar Shinde last week, issued summons to Mr Deshmukh, the Union Minister for Rural Development, and Mr Chavan yesterday.

Mr Chavan, who had to step down as the Maharashtra Chief Minister last year following the Adarsh controversy, has been named among the 14 accused by the CBI in its probe into the scam.

Mr Chavan, the then State Revenue Minister, is accused of recommending 40 per cent allotment of flats in the Adarsh Society, originally meant for Kargil war widows to civilians.

His relatives allegedly got flats in return. Mr Deshmukh as Chief Minister had dealt with files pertaining to the high rise in upscale Colaba. Both the ex-CMs have now been added to the list of 17 witnesses summoned last week.

The list includes the State Minister for Water Resources, Mr Sunil Tatkare, Adarsh Society’s General Secretary, Mr R.C. Thakur, former Principal Secretary of Urban Development Department, Mr Ramanand Tiwari, Congress leader, Mr K.L. Gidwani, former Collector of Mumbai, Mr Pradeep Vyas and former Under Secretary of Urban Development Department, Mr P.V. Deshmukh.

Published on May 11, 2011
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