Adarsh probe: Two former chief ministers summoned

May 11th, 2011 - 11:16 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, May 11 (IANS) Two former Maharashtra chief ministers were Wednesday summoned by a state government-appointed commission inquiring into the sale of high rise flats meant for war widows to politicians and bureaucrats.

Vilasrao Deshmukh, now union minister for rural development, and Ashok Chavan, who quit last year after the Adarsh Society scam broke out, are among the 14 accused named by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in its first information report filed earlier this year.

The development came barely 10 days (May 2) after the two-member commission summoned another former chief minister Sushilkumar Shinde to depose before it as a witness in the case, according to an official.

Chavan was the revenue minister when he made a proposal recommending 40 percent flats in the society be allotted to civilians, while Deshmukh as the then chief minister had handled the files pertaining to the building.

Besides the three former chief ministers, the commission’s list of 17 witnesses who have been summoned also includes state Minister for Water Resources Sunil Tatkar and several bureaucrats.

The two-man commission, headed by former Bombay High Court chief justice J.A. Patil and former state chief secretary P. Subramaniam, was appointed in January this year by the state government to probe the Adarsh Society scam.

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