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Antony seeks reports on Adarsh scam
New Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS):
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Published on 2 Nov. 2010 11:46 PM IST
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Defence Minister A.K. Antony is reported to be “upset” over the names of armed forces officers cropping up in the Adarsh housing society scam and has sought reports from the three service chiefs in the matter even as the army is setting up its own inquiry,
Antony, along with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, has been tasked by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to probe the matter.
According to sources, the defence minister has sought reports from the three service chiefs following alleged involvement of some retired and serving officers in the housing scandal.
The sources said Antony is also unhappy with some former chiefs of the army expressing their views on TV channels saying they had no idea that the Adarsh Housing Society flats, which some of them had bought, were built on land earmarked for the families of Kargil war heroes.
The defence ministry has taken a strong note of the involvement of serving and retired officers in the matter that is “tantamount to impropriety”, a source in the ministry said.
Meanwhile, the Indian Amy is finalising its process of launching a court of inquiry to look into the role of its officers - serving and retired - in the multi-crore housing scam.
A source in the army headquarters said the the General Officer Commanding in charge of the Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa area would convene the inquiry to look into the role played by various army officers in the conspiracy. However, action against retired guilty officers cannot be taken as per the Army Act because a soldier can be summoned to face proceedings only until the end of three months from his or her retirement.
Why the silence on corruption, BJP to Cong

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday attacked the Congress over its “silence on corruption” in the Adarsh housing society scam and wondered why the resignation of Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan had not been accepted.
“Everyone knows a probe is on. But, the chief minister’s (Ashok Chavan) resignation has not been accepted by the party. The party is silent on corruption. Has it become neutral towards corruption,” BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters here.
She also termed the government’s linking the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) with terror as a “diversionary tactics”.
The BJP has already asked for immediate sacking of Ashok Chavan over the Adarsh Housing Society, built on land earmarked for the families of Kargil martyrs, and the allotment of the plush flats to civilians, including his own relatives. The party has also demanded an inquiry into the scam by a Supreme Court judge.

 
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