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Adarsh scam: Vilasrao, Shinde summoned

May 23, 2012 01:28 PM IST India India

Mumbai: After Ashok Chavan, former Maharashtra chief ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushil Kumar Shinde have been summoned in the Adarsh scam case.

The Adarsh Judicial Commission has directed Deshmukh to appear before it on June 21 and 22. Sushil Kumar Shinde has been told to appear on June 25 and 26.

Chavan had on Tuesday sought exemption to appear as a witness before the two-member commission probing the Adarsh housing scam.

Chavan, who had to step down as the chief minister in November 2010 following the scam, was summoned by the commission to appear as a witness on May 23. However, he filed an application on Wednesday before the commission seeking exemption.

The two-member commission, headed by former Bombay High Court judge JA Patil, had been formed by the state government to look into the allegations of the illegality involved in the Adarsh society.

The commission, in its interim report, had said that the land belonged to the state government, contrary to the claim made by the Ministry of Defence that it was a defence land.

Chavan is accused of recommending 40 per cent allotment of flats in the Adarsh Housing Society, originally meant for Kargil war widows, to civilians.

Chavan is also facing allegations that his relatives got flats in the society. He was the revenue minister from 1999-2003 when the land was allotted to the housing society. Deshmukh was the chief minister during that period.

(With additional inputs from PTI)

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