The state government on Monday told the Bombay High Court that it was not mandatory for it to table the Adarsh inquiry commission report before the winter session of the state legislature. The court though directed the government to say whether or not it will table the report during the ongoing winter session which began in Nagpur on Monday.
The court gave the direction while hearing a petition filed by Maharashtra Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), seeking direction to the government to table the report in the House.
Government pleader GW Mattos argued for dismissal of the petition on grounds that under the Commission of Inquiry Act, it is not mandatory for the government to table the report. Justice Kanade though said: “...first tell us if the government plans to table the report in the ongoing winter session,” he said, asking the state to clarify it on Tuesday.
The petition, filed by BJP legislator Yogesh Sagar and party spokesperson Atul Shah, alleges conspiracy behind the government’s reluctance to make the report public.
The state government, in January 2011, set up a commission to inquire into allegations that the land where Adarsh building stands belongs to the union ministry of defence and was reserved for war widows and veterans and bureaucrats and that ruling politicians flouted norms while granting permissions and in return they were allotted flats.