Adarsh scam: CAG names two former Army chiefs
NEW DELHI: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society scam tabled in Parliament on Tuesday has blamed top defence officials including former Army chiefs General Deepak Kapoor and General NC Vij and other service officers of showing clear conflict of interest.
According to the CAG report local military authorities in collusion with the defence estate organisation officials misappropriated prime government land for the benefit of a select few. It notes unusual alacrity by local military authorities and the defence estate office in issuing a no objection certificate to Adarsh.
Former Maharashtra MLC and Adarsh promoter Kanhaiyalala Gidwani, suspended Maharashtra information commissioner Ramanand Tiwari, former Collector Mumbai City IA Kundan and many bureaucrats in the Urban Development Department too have been indicted.
On the issue of granting of additional floor space index to Adarsh, the report mentions that Gidwani wrote to Maharashtra chief minister in 2003 to adopt a positive approach as the society was for those who had dedicated life to the nation.
The reports also points out that the Indian Army had land but title was not transferred to the Ministry of Defence, which led to exploitation.
The Adarsh Society was originally meant for Kargil War heroes and widows of the soldiers but many of the flats were allotted to politicians, their families, senior bureaucrats and defence officers. Original Post
How did our last Chief landed a flat in Adarash?
Do you think it was by accident or design? He is a manipulator as some news paper said. Can you imagine the Indian Army had a differently abled Chief who was masquerading as fighting fit. He was deaf to the cries of his men, yet did not wear a hearing aid lest his looks be lost. But to get a disability pension he let the cat out of the bag a few months before he retired. That the able specialists of AMC were unable to detect this fraud for so long is another scam no one will bother for. That an obese Chief died of myocardial infraction while in office is a closed chapter.
Sir, let the law take its own course. We should not defend people who have brought shame on us.
With warm regards,
Col Rajesh Mathews (Retd) Adarsh Scam: Depth of Corruption in Defence Forces- click here to read more Comment: Will the high and mighty get away scot free?
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