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Updated: November 3, 2010 20:16 IST

Adarsh scam: CBI sends reminder to society’s management

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A view of underconstruction flats of the controversial Adarsh Housing Society located at Colaba in Mumbai on Tuesday. Photo: PTI
PTI A view of underconstruction flats of the controversial Adarsh Housing Society located at Colaba in Mumbai on Tuesday. Photo: PTI

The Central Bureau of Investigation, looking into the upscale Adarsh co-operative housing society scam here, today sent a reminder to the society’s management asking it to furnish documents pertaining to the high-rise and its members at the earliest.

“A team of CBI officials visited the premises of the building and gave a letter at the society office, seeking various documents pertaining to the high-rise,” said a CBI official on condition of anonymity.

“Details such as when the society was formed, how many members are there, who are the members and mode of payment made by them to purchase the flats, documents related to various permissions granted by different government agencies to the high-rise, etc were among the various things we want to know,” the official added.

“For this, we sought the documents that would answer all our queries,” the official said adding it was a reminder in which they had asked the society to submit the documents at the earliest.

A controversy has erupted over how the Adarsh society in south Mumbai’s Colaba, originally meant to be a six-storey structure for house Kargil war heroes and widows, was converted into a 31-storey building.

The high-rise is built on 6,450 sq metres within the Colaba naval area and was cleared on the condition of housing war veterans but now has 104 members, including senior Army commanders, a former Environment Minister, legislators and state bureaucrats.

The Indian Navy yesterday told CBI that it had not issued ’No Objection Certificate’ for the construction of the building.

The CBI has also written to the Union and the State Ministry of Environment and Forests, seeking details about the clearance given to construction of the building.

The departments have been asked to provide details like if they have issued a clearance for the construction of building and if the area falls under Coastal Regulation Zone II, they added.

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