Deposing before the judicial commission probing Adarsh case, former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan’s relative said that he had concealed the fact that he already owned a flat here, while applying for a membership in Adarsh Housing Society.
Chavan’s father-in-law’s brother Madanlal Sharma, 84, said he was the owner of a flat in Andheri since 1985. A pre-requisite to become a member of the Adarsh Society was that one should not own a house here.
Moreover, Sharma’s application included a bogus rent receipt of his residence that showed Chavan’s wife Anita as its owner and he had acknowledged that he had no flat here. “I merely signed the membership application form and I do know who filled it,” he said. The application was submitted on August 13, 2009 and approved on August 30, 2009, during Chavan’s tenure. Sharma said he had paid `50,000 towards the purchase of the flat and the other expenses were covered by an unsecured loan of `65 lakh from a Pune-based businessman Malav Shah, whom he did not know personally.