'Politicians, officials who signed on dotted line, for a price'
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The Adarsh probe commission has indicted seven people saying there was a quid pro quo for favours they granted. A look at the role some of them played.
ASHOK CHAVAN (Then CM)
Chavan first signed on the file on June 2, 2000 as the revenue minister to include 40 per cent civilians in the housing society that was earlier envisaged for retired defence personnel. This, however, was not seen by the Commission as a favour to the society. His second signature, also as revenue minister, came on May 21, 2002, on the papers sanctioning illegal restriction of the width of Captain Prakash Pethe Marg (front of Adarsh) to 18.40 m, making the land available for Adarsh CHS. Then principal secretary (revenue) D K Sankaran had noted on the file saying that letter of intent could be granted provided CRZ clearance was secured from environment ministry. Chavan's third signature came on a file to exclude 15 per cent recreational ground from the land on June 2, 2009, when he was CM and also in charge of UDD. This helped Adarsh get extra FSI on the 15 per cent land. This, the Commission inferred, helped Adarsh CHS to expand membership.
The reward: Apartments to Seema Sharma, wife of Chavan's spouse Amrita's brother Vinod; Madanlal Sharma, brother of Chavan's father-in-law Manoharlal Sharma; and late Bhagwati Sharma, Chavan's mother-in-law. They later surrendered memberships.
Commission's observation: It was difficult to accept Chavan's contention that he didn't know his relatives had applied for flats.
BABASAHEB KUPEKAR (former Speaker)
On being approached by the Adarsh promoters along with a few senior Army officers, he wrote a letter to the then CM Vilasrao Deshmukh on July 29, 2005, to allow the society to have additional FSI to be able to accommodate all the members since the present FSI was not sufficient. He wrote another letter on August 5 requesting the CM to allow him to dispose of the flat he had secured in discretionary quota and on the same day applied for Adarsh membership that was granted.
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