Citizens' Issues
Adarsh Housing Scam: Here is what the probe panel report says

The judicial commission on Adarsh Housing Scam had indicted several bureaucrats and politicians, including four former CMs of Maharashtra. The state government, which earlier rejected the commission report, has now partially accepted it. Here are excerpts from the report

Maharashtra government that was 'forced' to reconsider the judicial panel report on Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society (Adarsh CHS) scam, on Thursday, partially accepted the report and decided to form a committee to decide upon further action.

Last month, the Maharashtra government rejected the report of the judicial commission of inquiry on the Adarsh CHS scam that indicted several politicians, including four former chief ministers of Maharashtra, for blatant violations of statutory provisions. The report of the two-member commission headed by retired High Court Judge JA Patil came down heavily on those in authority, describing the scam as a bad precedent.

The report of the two-member judicial commission had indicted several politicians including four former chief ministers—Ashok Chavan, late Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sushilkumar Shinde and Shivajirao Nilangekar Patil—for blatant violations of statutory provisions. Several bureaucrats were also indicted in the report.

While accepting the judicial commission report in parts, the Prithviraj Chavan-led Congress government accepted quid pro quo allegations against former chief minister Ashok Chavan. On the other hand, it gave a clean chit to former chief ministers, Sushilkumar Shinde and late Vilasrao Deshmukh, and ministers Sunil Tatkare and Rajesh Tope.

Here are excerpts from the Adarsh Report (remember Rs7 crore of public money has been spent for making this report and politicians from Maharashtra have ‘partially’ accepted it):

  • Adarsh portrays a “shameless tale of blatant violation of statutory provisions, rules and regulations. It reflects greed, nepotism and favouritism’’ (Adarsh Report)
  • Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society (CHS) was floated in 1994 by RC Thakur, an officer with Defence Estates Office, as the chief promoter and Brig Wanchoo (retd) in 1994 as the secretary.
  • The Society was meant to be for serving and retired defence officers who have not been able to procure a shelter despite full length of service to the motherland.
  • The 8,300sq mtrs of land lying adjacent to Oyster and Dolphin buildings was chosen for the Adarsh CHS but it fell in the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) and no building is allowed to be constructed 500 metres from the high tide line. Hence, the proposal was rejected by the Collector in 1994 and then in 1998 too. Both Thakur and Wanchoo continued to persist – even wrote a letter to Narayan Rane, the then chief minister – for shelter to members who have dedicated their lives to the service of the motherland. They failed.
  • One Captain Kala introduces Thakur to Kanhayalal Gidwani, who was a Congress person and had great influence over its leaders. Thakur and Wanchoo requested Gidwani to represent the case to get the required permission for the “welfare of the defence personnel”.
  • Gidwani wanted to have his pound of flesh so made Thakur and Wanchoo make a formal declaration in 1999 that he (Gidwani) would carry out the assignment on a condition that 30 flats should be at his (Gidwani’s) disposal. The duo agreed for hook or crook they wanted Adarsh to be built
  • Twelve letters written by Gidwani to various government authorities including chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh in 2000 made the same appeal–to look into the genuineness of the case and the sacrifice made by military officers to their motherland.
  • The office bearers of the Society also tried to ask the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to change the CRZ to II level from I so that they could get clearance for the building, but failed in their attempts.
  • Thereafter, the Society members wrote to the then Minister of Revenue, Ashok Chavan and suggested that another alternate land measuring 3,854 sq mtrs should be considered but it is in physical possession of military authorities. They appealed that it should be taken back from the defence authorities. The letter also proposed that the state government had proposed to widen the Cuffe Parade Road and join it to 60 mtrs wide road known as Colaba-Uran Road. Since that did not come through due to ban in reclamation land, this could be adjusted by making changes in the DP plan and added to the land for making Adarsh CHS.
  • The then Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh showed great enthusiasm and asked for the file and wrote “please call for the proposal and put it up immediately”. That began a trail of permissions to be sought from different authorities.
  • Besides the Collector who cleared it, Col SS Jog on behalf of the GOC-IN-C wrote that the said land falls out of the defence boundary and therefore, decision may be taken for the housing welfare of the military personnel. Collector Debashis Chakrobarty submitted his report stating that the proposed society is for 40 top grade officers of the army, navy and defence estate personnel. As far as taking the land which was dedicated to road widening, a clearance should be taken from Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).
  • On 2 June 2000, a letter was written to the then Revenue Minister Ashok Chavan requesting him to consider 40% civilians as members for the Adarsh CHS, thus making it 19 members from the civilian side and 31 members from the defence.
  • MMRDA also gave a nod to the reduction of the Captain Prakash Pethe Marg and the state government changed the zoning from road to partial residential.
  • The greed was not over though. In 2003, Gidwani proposed that the Adarsh Society be given additional floor space index (FSI) from the nearby BEST depot also, besides eating up a part of the Pethe Marg. And the reason? Thakur wrote to the then revenue minister that since the civil members have risen from20 to 71, which has been approved by the state government, additional FSI should be granted to ensure decent housing for these members. This meant swallowing a part of the 2,669 odd sq mtrs additional space from the BEST land which was reserved for bus depot in the DP. Adarsh CHS was permitted to use 700-odd sq mtrs for commercial use and so a part of the Bus Depot reservation was changed to residential use.
  • The Report remarks: “It was also noticed that some persons, for instance a driver in a remote place at Nagpur who had never been to Mumbai or an ordinary vegetable vendor sitting on the side of the road making a modest earning all of a sudden goes for buying a flat in Adarsh CHS although he has no intention of leaving his place of occupation or residence”.
  • Adarsh CHS enjoyed political patronage of four former chief ministers, late Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sushilkumar Shinde, Ashok Chavan and Shivajirao Nilengakar Patil as well as two ministers of state Sunil Tatkare and Rajesh Tope.

The complete report can be downloaded from



Vaibhav Dhoka

3 years ago

Where we are heading if we have government that approves CORRUPTION and shields GUILTY?What kind of signal we are passing to next generation.?All in governance are there to loot NATION.This is because we have never ending trail of judiciary.This system is used by mighty to prolong and to remain in power as ever.

Gopalakrishnan T V

3 years ago

The politicians and bureaucrats jointly loot the national wealth taking advantage of the positions they occupy. Now the attempt is to trap only Bureaucrats and allow politicians to escape from follow up measures if any. The corruption is designed by Bureaucrats and they take extra pains to ensure that when ever policies are framed on any issue,there is scope for making money and this has been going on for decades unquestioned. Now the media is alert and keeping a watch on the atrocities committed on both intelligent and gullible public alike,people come to know how the society's wealth is looted in the cover of democracy. Money Life has been playing a very active and vigilant role deserving all support and appreciation.

Yerram Raju Behara

3 years ago

It is a shame on democracy. The Congress governments are unable to see the writing on the wall. Once they are kicked in the bourses ere long, it will be no holds barred to put several politicians who are fraudulent and who perpetrated fraud would all be counting the bars in the jails.

nagesh kini

3 years ago

There is more than meets the eye.
Just because Rahul/Sonia now disappoved that the CM came out in a 'selective acceptance' leaving out the NCP Ministers of the UDD because their party blackmailed him. The Governor on the Govt. advice has withheld his approval for CBI procecution of Ashok Chavan.
Instead of any knock on the knuckles for the guilty babus att their allotments need to be cancelled and the building converted into a Miltary Hospital.


3 years ago

India's ruling criminals are adept at protecting their own. They have had sisty six years of practice!

What’s trending in misleading ads in 2014?

According to, this year also deceptive ads for products like supplementary diets, cure-all, organic, 100% guaranteed, rip-off products that purport to cure cancer or melt pounds away

Our prediction for 2014 is that there will be deceptive ads aplenty. So what’s ahead in the false or misleading marketing arena? Here’s what we know will be making news this year:

Now trending in misleading ads

With the popularity of native advertising on the rise, hopes that the FTC will bring an enforcement action (or ten) against publishers disguising their ads as independent content. No doubt will be alerting the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to a number of these bad apples. In addition, spam filters will continue to be necessary as ever more technology-sophisticated scammers search for ways to steal our money. And with still no government agency overseeing the supplement industry, it is certain that supplement marketers will continue hawking cure-all, organic, 100% guaranteed, rip-off products that purport to cure cancer or melt pounds away.

Learning their lessons

It is our hope that some markets will see a decrease in false advertising. For example, after the abundance of “all-natural” and “organic” class-action lawsuits filed against food and beverage companies, it appears that some in the industry have learned their lesson and are refraining from using the terms. Similarly, mascara manufacturers have been scolded on both sides of the Atlantic for secretly using eyelash inserts and should know by now that they cannot enhance the lashes in their ads without disclosing it to consumers. And finally, we’re crossing our fingers that between the ongoing efforts of the FTC, state attorneys general, and continuing investigative journalism we will see a decrease in payday loan marketing deception (but this may be too much to wish for in 2014).

We are on it!

This year will bring more of our own investigative journalism and legal complaints to regulators as we continue to put pressure on companies to stop their deception and on regulators to take action. Check back with us for’s investigation and upcoming action against a financial service company and a health-related apparel manufacturer. We are also pursuing an investigation of a supplement company, and will continue our coverage on the perils of multi-level marketing tactics.

In addition, will launch its first major marketing campaign. Watch for our online video (warning: the jingle will get stuck in your head), and our print ads (yes, we’ll have ads about false ads). And we will continue to pursue the tips you send us. You are our eyes and ears on the ground regarding false ads. We look forward to working with you in 2014.



Verdict on homosexuality: SC says ministers' comments in poor taste

While refusing to pass any order against the ministers, the Supreme Court has cautioned people holding high posts from making such statements

The Supreme Court on Friday expressed displeasure over statements made by some union ministers against its verdict on homosexuality.


While refusing to pass any order against the ministers, the apex court cautioned people holding high posts from making such statements. Some of the statements are not in good taste and these are not appreciable, the Supreme Court said.


On 11th December, while setting aside the 2 July 2009 judgement of the Delhi High Court, the Supreme Court had held that Section 377 (unnatural sexual offences) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) does not suffer from the vice of unconstitutionality and that the declaration made by the High Court is legally unsustainable.


The union government, while contending that the Supreme Court arrived at various conclusions which are contrary to well-established canons of law as laid down by the apex court, had filed a eview petition seeking re-examination of the 11th December verdict.


In the petition filed through advocate Devdutt Kamath, the Centre has taken 76 grounds to contend that the judgement passed by Justice GS Singhvi (since retired) and Justice SJ Mukhopadhaya 'suffers from errors apparent on the face of the record, and is contrary to well-established principles of law laid down by this court enunciating the width and ambit of Fundamental Rights under Articles 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution'.


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