Former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan, whose three relatives got
flats in Adarsh, on Thursday claimed before the judicial commission
probing the scam he came to know of their membership in the housing
society only after the news of alleged irregularities was broken by the
"It was at the end of October 2010 that I came to know that some of my
relatives had applied for membership in Adarsh society and the same was
granted to them," he told the two- member inquiry commission led by
Justice (retd) JA Patil set up by the Maharashtra government to probe the
Chavan's mother-in-law Bhagvati Sharma, his father-in- law's brother
Madanlal Sharma and his sister-in-law Seema Sharma had flats in the
Chavan, who had to step down as chief minister after it emerged that his
relatives had flats in the scam-tainted housing society, appeared before
the commission on Thursday for the second time.
He had earlier deposed before the commission in June to answer allegations
against him of bestowing undue favours while granting permission for
construction of 31-storey Adarsh building in high-end Colaba in south
Replying to questions put forth by commission's counsel Dipan Merchant,
Chavan said he was not aware that his relatives had applied for membership
in the Adarsh society.
In his brief appearance that lasted barely 10 minutes, Chavan said he was
also not aware if Seema Sharma's application for membership of the society
was rejected in 2004 but approved in 2008 when he was the chief minister.
He said soon after he came to know of the membersip of his relatives "at
the end of October 2010", they relinquished the it on October 29 the same