Mumbai's posh Colaba area land (about 3800 square meters) with thecomplicity of military officers was given to a private housing societiy. Butarmy took no action in this regard because several army officials,including former army Chief Deepak Kapoor himself, had flats in thissociety. IBN7 did the special investigation on this. This 27-storey buildinghas been built in Mumbai's Colaba Navy Nagar area. But no one knowshow army gave the permission to build a housing society on this land. The building was constructed at a place where there used to be Khukripark, inaugurated by Field Marshal Cariappa. Since 2000 the army used tomaintain the park but after that some army officers attempted to grab thisland. Maharashtra Government Revenue Department issued an order in2003, in which it was written that the government has decided to handover this land occupied by the army to the housing society at a fixedgovernment rate. However, it was not stated anywhere that the army-occupied land has been handed over to the housing society. The Adarsh society, formed in 1994, had 71 members that includedretired top Army officials and Maharashtra bureaucrats who became apart of the society with a fee of Rs 50,000 each. The society claims it hasnecessary clearances but questions are being raised as to how aresidential building with permission for 30 storeys come up near NavyNagar, essentially a cantonment and why the Army chose to maintain astoic silenceChief Minister Ashok Chavan’s kith and kin are not the only beneficiariesof the scam involving allotment of flats in the Adarsh Co-operativeHousing Society in Colaba. Three former CMs — Vilasrao Deshmukh,Sushilkumar Shinde and Narayan Rane — all of whom have been,ironically enough, potential contenders for Chavan’s post and at somepoint served as the sanctioning authority for the project, also standaccused of owning flats under ‘benami’ names in Adarsh.Deshmukh, who is currently the union minister for heavy industries,reportedly owns three apartments — each one a 3-BHK of 1,076 sq ftcarpet area — on the 15th floor. The flats (1502, 1503 and 1504) are inthe names of Uttam Ghakare, Kiran Bhadange and Amol Kharbari — realor fictitious individuals whose relationship with Deshmukh is not clear.Union power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde is said to own a 3-BHK flat inthe name of Major NW Khankhoje, while former state revenue ministerShivajirao Patil Nilengakar allegedly owns two flats in the name of Dr ArunV Dawle and Sampat R Khidse (flat no 2602).