The two-member judicial Committee, constituted by the Maharashtra Government to look into the multi-crore Adarsh housing scam, has pointed out that there were bogus and benami flat owners.
The committee presented its 700-page report to the state government on April 18. Though the state government is yet to table the report in the Assembly, sources in the government said that the panel has found 35 bogus flat owners and more than 20 flats have been allotted to benamis.
The panel has also found that that the ICICI bank had disbursed loans to 24 people without checking their credentials. The report also raised questions on how BJP MP Ajay Sancheti’s family firm SMS Infrastructure-controlled San Finance company gave interest-free loans to 10 people in the building to purchase flats.
Jayant Shah, another close aide of former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, financed flats for five people in Adarsh including former Congress MLC Kanhaiyalal Gidwani and his son. The panel comprising Justice (retired) J A Patil and member P Subrahmanyam also stated that the Mumbai Region Town Planning Act was violated in building the flats. The committee pointed out that the Adarsh society has got extra Floor Space Index in contravention to existing rules and laws.
The report blamed government officials for deliberately misleading the state and other agencies with regard to permissions granted to the building. The interim report submitted by the same panel earlier had concluded that the land belonged to the state government and not to the Defence.