Adarsh housing scam: Devyani Khobragade

Adarsh housing scam: Devyani Khobragade among illegal beneficiaries, says judicial panel report

Maharashtra government has rejected the conclusions of the inquiry commission which probed Adarsh Housing Society scam.
According to the report, the procedure followed by Adarsh Society for proposing the names for membership arbitrary and lacked transparency, thereby giving scope for nepotism.
The Adarsh panel informed that 25 of 102 members of the housing society were ineligible and reported 22 cases of benami transactions of flats.
Among those ineligible for flats are former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan’s relatives and diplomat Devyani Khobragade.
The government tabled in the Assembly the much-awaited report on the Adarsh housing scam in which names of top politicians and bureaucrats of the state had figured.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan tabled the finding of the two-member judicial commission along with an action taken report (ATR).
The report, for which the State Government had given a word to the Bombay High Court, was presented on the last day of the winter session of Maharashtra Legislature here.
The panel, which gave its finding in two parts, submitted its final report to the State Government in April this year. The commission, headed by retired High Court Judge Justice J A Patil, was formed in January 2011.
Its mandate was to look into several aspects including ownership of the land in south Mumbai where the 31-storey building of Adarsh housing society stands, whether it was reserved for families of Kargil war heroes, and whether rules were flouted while granting permissions for the construction.
The commission’s interim report has said that land belonged to the state government and not the Defence Ministry, nor was it reserved for war widows.
Minutes after the report was tabled, the entire Opposition stormed into the well of the House, demanding a discussion on it.
The demand was vociferously raised by Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse of BJP and others. Speaker Dilip Walse Patil, however, rejected their plea citing House rules.
Khadse said the Opposition wanted to know why there was no talk about Part 1 of the report.
He also sought explanation from the Government over newspaper reports that Governor K Sankarnarayanan has denied permission to CBI to prosecute former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, who has been chargesheeted by the agency.
CBI is conducting a separate probe into the scam which came to light in 2010 when Ashok Chavan was Chief Minister.
Khadse alleged the Congress-NCP Government was trying to shield certain accused. In this context, the senior BJP legislator took the names of a former Assembly Speaker and an ex-Chief Minister.
Chief Minister Chavan said he would not comment on the reports related to the Governor and maintained that the Part 1 of the report had already been presented in the House.
Khadse said offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act should be registered against the accused persons.
Opposition MLAs shouted anti-Government slogans. To counter them, members of treasury benches led by Vijay Wadettiwar, Virendra Jagtap and Gopal Agarwal also trooped into the the well of the House.
Amidst noisy scenes, the Speaker adjourned the House for 15 minutes.


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