State’s bureaucrats and politicians apart, the Adarsh Commission has not let military officers off the hook. The commission observed that the military officers conspired with the chief promoter and secretary of Adarsh Society with dishonest intention.
It also states that the conduct of Major General TK Kaul, Colonel TK Sinha, Major General AR Kumar, Brigadier MM Wanchoo and others, who subsequently became members of the society, becomes suspicious.
However, since these Army officers are not civil servants, they are not amenable to civil service rules applicable to the state or country and that they are governed by their Defence Service (Conduct) rules.
According to the commission, it is for the ministry of defence to inquire into the conduct of these officers in the matter and take an appropriate decision in the matter.
The Commission also pointed out that rightly or wrongly, the possession of the land was in the hands of the Army. Therefore, the Maharashtra government should have first obtained possession of the land in question from the Local Military Authorities and then hand it over the society.
However, the commission said that the land, though in the possession of the military authorities, belonged to the government.