Maharashtra CM orders judicial inquiry on Adarsh scam

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Saturday announced a judicial probe into the controversial Adarsh Housing Society scam. The judicial commission will have former Bombay High Court Chief Justice J.A. Patil and former Maharashtra Chief Secretary P. Subramanian. Chavan said that the commission would submit its report to the government within three months. The 31-storey Adarsh Housing Society, originally meant for Kargil war heroes, landed in controversy after media reports said that several politicians, bureaucrats and defence personnel owned flats there.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had on November 15 registered a Preliminary Enquiry (PE) to probe the alleged role of former and serving Army officers, with the permission of Defence Minister A K Antony. The plush housing Society, built on prime defence land, has been constructed in alleged violation of rules. It was originally meant to be a six-storey structure to house Kargil war heroes and their kin, but was later extended to 31 floors without mandatory permission.