Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sushil Kumar Shinde summoned

MUMBAI, May 23: The Adarsh Judicial Commission has directed former state chief minister and Union minister for Science and Technology Vilasrao Deshmukh to appear before it on June 21 and 22 in connection with the Adarsh housing society scam.

Another former chief minister and Union power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has been told to appear before the commission on June 25 and 26.

Mr Ashok Chavan, who had to step down as the chief minister in November 2010 following the scam, was summoned by the commission to appear as a witness today. However, he filed an application before the commission seeking exemption, commission sources said.

The two-member commission, headed by former Bombay High Court Judge J A Patil, had been formed by the state government to look into the allegations of the illegality involved in the Adarsh society. The commission, in its interim report, had said the land belonged to the state government. Chavan is accused of recommending 40 per cent allotment of flats in the Adarsh Housing Society, originally meant for Kargil war widows, to civilians. He is also facing allegations that his relatives got flats in the society. (UNI)


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