Mumbai: Mumbai's Adarsh Housing Society may have become the catchment area for a massive political controversy, but Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan denied the complex was meant for Kargil martyr's families.
"The land was never reserved for defence personnel or Kargil heroes," Chavan said at a press conference on Friday, attempting to come clean on the issue while responding to allegations that top politicians, bureaucrats and Army officers appropriated land meant for Kargil heroes.
The question then arises: Just who was the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society intended for?
Sources in the Maharashtra government told NDTV that in the original application submitted in 1999-2000, Adarsh promoters asked for land in the name of retired and serving defence personnel.
The first time widows were mentioned at all was in a letter to the Mumbai Collector dated April 5, 2000 in which Colonel S S Jog GOC, HQ, Maharashtra and Gujarat said, "Necessary action at your end may be taken as deemed fit for the welfare of service personnel/ ex servicemen/their widows."
There was no mention of Kargil.
The first time Kargil was mentioned was in a letter in June 2000 to the then state Revenue Minister Ashok Chavan. Ironically, this was the time when the promoters wanted to extend the allotment to civilians saying, "We need your kind help to accommodate and reward our heroes of Kargil. We have many officers in the society who participated in Operation "Vijay"."
Not just once, but repeatedly the name of Kargil martyrs was used to wrangle benefits. Even though at the time they sent these letters, only three Kargil martyrs figured in the list of allotments.
"Only 3 Kargil martyrs were allotted flats in the society," Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said.
What's clear is, at the end of the day what started off as a defence initiative, ended up becoming general extending to bureaucrats, politicians and some defence personnel.
Here's a list of flat owners in the Adarsh Society:
1. Shri RC Thakur 2. Brigadier MM Wanchu 3. Commander Rajiv Pilo 4. Commander AS Balakrishnan 5. Surg Capt PS Tampi 6. Shri Parmanand K Hinduja 7. Shri Sudhakar Laxman Madke 8. Smt Sushila Shaligram 9. Admiral Madhvendra Singh, PVSM, AVSM, VSM 10. Shri JM Abhyankar 11. Shri PV Deshmukh (Was secretary in Urban Development department) 12. Shri Gajanan S Koli 13. Shri Amol V Kharbhari 14. Shri Kiran Bhadange 15. Shri Kanhaiyalal Gidwani (Congress MLC) 16. Shri Kailash K Gidwani (Son of Congress MLC Gidwani) 17. Shri Amit K Gidwani (Son of Congress MLC Gidwani) 18. Shri Arun P Pawar 19. Major Ashish Tandon 20. Lieutenant Commander A Puran Kumar 21. Major General VS Yadav 22. Lieutenant General PK Rampal 23. Colonel Amarjeet Singh 24. Lieutenant Colonel PH Ram 25. Brigadier AC Chopra 26. Lieutenant Colonel RK Singh 27. Commander John Mathew 28. Major General Tej Kishen Kaul, PVSM, AVSM, VSM 29. Lieutenant General GS Sihota 30. Brigadier MD Singh 31. Commodore Gopal Bharati 32. Brigadier Romeshchander Sharma 33. Lieutenant General Shantanu Choudhry 34. Vice Admiral Madanjit Singh 35. Brigadier Tara Kant Sinha 36. Captain AP Singh 37. Lieutenant Commander Chunnilal 38. Shri Rajesh Shantilal Bora 39. Dr Arun V Dawle 40. Shri Sampat R Khidse 41. Shri Anand S Bharose 42. Smt Seema Vyas (wife of former collector Pradeep Vyas) 43. Shri Kanishka J Phatak (son of former Municipal Commissioner Jairaj Phatak) 44. Miss Supriya V Maske 45. Shri Shriniwas D Patil 46. Shri Shivajirao C Deshmukh 47. Shri Shah Dhaval Rajesh 48. Ms Kavita S Godbole (related to Cong MLC Gidwani) 49. Commander Harbhajan Singh (Retired) 50. Shri Malav J Shah 51. Shri Rajesh Kumar Das 52. Shri Aditya B Patil 53. Ms Sumeela Sethi 54. Shri Chandrashekar R Gaikwad 55. Shri Shivajirao Shankar Kale 56. Shri Krishnarao D Bhegade 57. Dr Sanjay Radkar 58. Shri Arun S Adate 59. Shri Jitendra S Awhad (NCP MLC) 60. Miss Soniya S Kholapure 61. Shri Vishwas B Chougale 62. Shri Raghunath M Bhosale 63. Shri Suresh Prabhu (Shiv Sena) 64. Shri Uttam Ghakare 65. Major NW Khankhoje 66. Shri Nivruti G Bhosale 67. Shri Amar Singh Waghmare 68. Lieutenant General Tejinder Singh, VSM 69. Shri Krishnajirao Rakhmajirao Desai (alias) Babasaheb Kupekar (Former Speaker of Maharashtra Assembly) 70. Shri Ranjit Chintamani Sangitrao (son of bureaucrat) 71. Devyani Khobragade (daughter of former BEST GM Uttam Khobragade) 72. Lieutenant Commander Gurumukh S Grewal 73. Smt Seema Vinod Sharma (Relative of Ashok Chavan) 74. Shri Jagdish Ambika Prasad Sharma 75. Shri Sajjan Singh Yadav 76. Shri Kedari Vishal Kishore 77. General Nirmal Chander Vij, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM 78. General Deepak Kapoor, PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC 79. Smt Idzes Angmo Kundan (former city collector, currently working in Secretariat) 80. Shri Onkar Tiwari (son of Ramanand Tiwari, then secretary of Urban Development Department) 81. Shri Balasahib Yeshwantrao Sawant 82. Shri Sadusing Fulsing Rajput 83. Mr Mukundrao Govindrao Mankar 84. Mr Sanjoy Shankaran (son of former Chief Secretary D K Sankaran) 85. Mr Paramveer Abhey Sancheti 86. Mr Suresh Gulabrao Atram 87. Ms Sheetal Vinod Ganju 88. Mr Anil Kumar Thakur 89. Mr Bhavesh Ambalal Patel 90. Mrs Bhagwati Manoharlal Sharma (Ashok Chavan's late mother-in-law) 91. Mr Madanlal Milkiram Sharma (Ashok Chavan's relative) 92. Mr Satyasandha Vinayak Barve 93. Major General Ram Kanwar Hooda 94. Mr Dhondiram Ganpati Waghmare 95. Colonel KJS Khurana 96. Ms Raorane Rupali Harishchandra 97. Shri Siddhartha Sonu Gamre 98. Shri Girish Pravinchandra Mehta 99. Shri Manilal K Thakur 100. Petty Officer Sushil Chand Sharma 101. Shri S B Chavan 102. Captain Praveen Kumar 103. Dr (Mrs) Archana Tiwari