05 August, 2021

Ideal Way To Make A Scam Vanish

No land, no scam! A livid army counters a sloppy attempt to whitewash Adarsh.

Amit Haralkar
Ideal Way To Make A Scam Vanish

One chief minister has had to resign. Two former chief ministers are implicated. The CBI has been called in to investigate. The CAG passed severe strictures against many officials. Nine persons—among them two retired major generals, a retired brigadier and a serving IAS officer—have been arrested. A high-rise was found to have come up on defence land in violation of allotment laws and coastal regulations. Yet, a judicial commission of the Maharashtra government has concluded that the Adarsh Co-op Housing Society—a 31-storey monument to official venality on Mumbai’s skyline—is no scam at all. The land in Mumbai’s posh Cuffe Parade area, it says, never belonged to the military; it belonged to the Maharashtra government, so there was nothing wrong in its allotment for a housing project.

The army is not amused. It has come out with a detailed note alleging that the commission ignored crucial evidence placed before it and relied instead on a dodgy anonymous letter and many “highly suspect...

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