Since the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society scam came to light, four senior retired defence officers gave up their flats in the Colaba building. The society, however, is yet to accept their resignations and refund their money.
Major General R K Hooda (retd) who had held the post of General Officer Commanding of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa, and three retired chiefs in the Armed Forces-former Navy chief Admiral Madhavendra Singh and the two Army chiefs Generals Deepak Kapoor and NC Vij Hooda-have resigned as members of the housing society. Though they refused to comment on the issue, TOI has learnt that they’ve all paid a significant amount of money towards their flats.
Singh has allegedly paid around Rs 81 lakh, after taking a loan of Rs 70 lakh from the State Bank of India, according to Income-Tax documents. Vij had paid around Rs 67 lakh towards his flat, while Kapoor purchased his apartment through a combination of a home loan of over Rs 20 lakh, personal savings and the money earned from the sale of a property he owned in his hometown.
Society members who did not wish to be named said it would be a while before they discuss the four withdrawals. One member said: “We are awaiting an order from either the court or the commission set up by the state government about the occupation certificate, before which we cannot take a decision on the matter. We are angry with the chiefs for deserting us when we required them to defend us and are sure to revoke their membership even if they want to withdraw their resignation.”
At the time the Adarsh scam came to light, Singh, speaking for himself and on behalf of the two army chiefs, had said, “At no stage we were aware that these flats were meant for Kargil war widows as claimed by certain sections of the media and if that be so, then we have absolutely no hesitation whatsoever in returning these flats to the authorities concerned.”
R K Hooda had submitted his resignation from the society after Army Chief V K Singh ordered an inquiry into his role in the Adarsh scam. Though the inquiry found Hooda “not blameworthy”, he was not made lieutenant general. He has also been issued a show-cause notice for taking a loan without the army’s permission.
-via The Times of India