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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

ADARSH HOUSING SCAM: CAG says rules were bent to grab Army land!


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PTI / The Hindu / NEW DELHI, August 9, 2011.

The controversial Adarsh Housing Society in Mumbai. FilePhoto: Vivek Bendre
The controversial Adarsh Housing Society in Mumbai. FilePhoto: Vivek Bendre - The Hindu.

Slamming military authorities for misappropriating prime defence land for the Adarsh housing society, the CAG has said rules were bent to benefit relatives of politicians, public servants and senior Service officers including former Army chiefs Gen Deepak Kapoor and N.C. Vij.
In a report tabled in Lok Sabha on Tuesday, the Government auditor also targeted the Union Environment Ministry and the Maharashtra Urban Development Ministry saying indications were there that procedures were skirted to enable grant of No-Objection Certificate (NOC) to the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society (ACHS) in Mumbai.
The CAG said welfare of servicemen and ex-servicemen was used as a ruse to grab piece of public land for the Society.
It said the entire episode reveals “glaring examples of dereliction of duty and severe lack of probity and accountability which needs to be seriously investigated.
“Action of the Local Military Authorities acting in collusion with Defence Estates Organisation (DEO) enabled misappropriation of prime government land in Mumbai for the benefit of a select few,” it said.
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Multiple ministries involved
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‘Public servants worked for personal benefits’
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‘Demolition, not the solution’
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