Ashok Chavan made undue recommendations in Adarsh, says FIR

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

MUMBAI - Former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan allegedly made undue recommendations to allow allocation to civilians in the scam-hit Adarsh Society during his tenure as the state’s revenue minister, said the FIR filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

A few details of the FIR that was filed Saturday came out Tuesday stating that Chavan along with other promoters Brig (retd) M.M. Wanchu, the president of the society, Kanhaiyalal Gidwani, a former Congress councillor and co-promoter of the society, R.C. Thakur, a former Defence Estates officer and the chief promoter of the society, became a part of an alleged criminal conspiracy.

The FIR listed Wanchu, Thakur and Gidwani as the main conspirators in the scam.

Chavan also granted other favours to the society after he became chief minister, the FIR said.

Chavan remained unavailable for comment despite repeated efforts.

The FIR has also named army officials including A.R. Kumar, Lt.Gen. P.K. Rampal, Major Gen. T.K. Kaul, alleging they failed to protect the interests of the Indian Army.

Among other things, the society was accused of usurping a prime plot of defence land meant to house heroes of Kargil war and their kin, violating floor space index rules, flouting Coastal Regulation Zone norms and other rules.

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