A parliamentary panel on the Adarsh housing scam has said that public servants entrusted the responsibility of safeguarding the public trust “brazenly betrayed” the fiduciary trust by acting against norms of public interest and probity.
A Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Adarsh society, submitted in the Lok Sabha on Monday, rapped the defence ministry and Maharashtra government on the scam, saying there was “monumental failure” at all levels of governance with certain officials abusing their position. The PAC said a group of officials in key posts subverted rules and regulations and facts.
“The committee’s scrutiny corroborated irregularities in the entire process from allocation of land to the society, obtaining NOC from the Army, extension of concessions by the Maharashtra government, getting NoC from the BEST for transfer of developmental rights of adjoining land, obtaining clearances for residential development in CRZ by officials who abused their official position for personal gain,” the report says.
About the NoC given to the society, the Defence Ministry said it was done by the authorities “because of mismanagement of defence land, poor record-keeping and lack of mutation of land in possession of the Armed Forces.”
As for security concerns, the PAC has found that these were ignored while constructing the 31-storey building.
While asking the government to ensure that such incidents are not repeated, the PAC refrained from making “further comments as the matter is still sub-judice with respect to title of the land”.
About the Defence Ministry, in particular the Army and Navy, the PAC slammed the “cavalier manner” in which a serious issue of security was overlooked.
The report also criticised the “tardy” pace of CBI investigation.