Thursday, October 28, 2010

Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan's mother-in-law owns a flat in Adarsh Society

The controversy over the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society is deepening with the list of flat owners including the name of Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan's late mother- in- law Bhagwati Manoharlal Sharma. The society sent out the names of the 103 flat owners in its press release clarifying its position, issued on October 26 and it also includes the names of former Union Minister for Environment Suresh Prabhu, NCP MLC Jitendra Avhad, Congress leader Kanhaiyalal Gidwani and his two sons, a close aide of a senior Maharashtra Minister, the children of some bureaucrats, serving bureaucrats, Seema Vyas and Idzes Kundan, and an individual by the name of S.B. Chavan.

The Chief Minister said that land records must be verified and said the issue was establishing the ownership of the land. The list of flat owners was not in dispute. Accordingly the Mumbai Collector has been asked to verify the land records and also when permissions were granted for the building.

The president of the society, Brig (retd) M.M. Wanchu, clarified in a statement about not parting with the names of the residents which was the first issue of contention. He said that the Western Naval Command was provided the list of most of the members of the society except some “which the Society had assured to supply once the names were fully cleared out of litigation.”

He said that the persons staying in the building had been approved by the Maharashtra government and their antecedents verified.

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