Monday saw Union Minister of Power Sushil Kumar Shinde deposing before the panel who laid the blame on allotment of government land as well as the grant of additional FSI to the housing society on Vilasrao Deshmukh; where he claimed that all the said decisions were taken during his tenure as CM.
Shinde has been quoted as saying, "The decision to allot the land in question to Adarsh society was taken prior to my taking over as Chief Minister. The Letter of Intent (LOI) was issued in favour of Adarsh on the morning of Jan 18, 2003 when Vilasrao Deshmukh was the Chief Minister. It was not issued under my instructions and it was never brought to my notice."
Washing his hands off any blame and indirectly accusing Deshmukh, Shinde added, "The additional Floor Space Index to Adarsh from the adjoining BEST land was not granted during my tenure. It was granted after my tenure."
Shinde and Deshmukh is understood to have handled file pertaining to the Adarsh society in their role as CM. The commission looking into the scam had concluded that the land belonged to the state government and not of the Defence Ministry. They are at present looking into if any rules were flouted in giving various clearances to the society.
On if proper Letter of Allotment (LOA) was issued to the society, Shinde commented, "I did not approve the Adarsh file immediately. Before issuing LOA, I sent it back to the Collector for verification of eligibility of the 51 members and asked the file to be put up before me after due verification."