Adarsh scam: Pranab, Antony meet Sonia; Chavan back in Mumbai

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Nov 3 2010, 04:41am hrs
Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and defence minister AK Antony, who form the two-member committee set up to probe the Adarsh housing controversy, met Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday. Senior party leader Ahmed Patel and environment minister Jairam Ramesh, whose ministrys clearance to the housing complex is also under the scanner, were also present at the meeting.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, Mukherjee said: On Sunday night, I had said that we require more time to study the documents and report to the Congress president. That position continues.

Mukherjee claimed that the Maharashtra issue was not discussed in Mondays meeting. The discussions related to Tuesdays AICC meeting, he said.

Meanwhile, Chavan, who was camping in Delhi since Saturday, returned to Mumbai. The chief minister attended two meetings here, one with the planning department and other on domestic workers, said an official from the CM Secretariat.

Jairam said some top floors of the 31-storey building may be demolished as they were constructed in violation of the norms.

As former chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh triggered a blame game, saying it was Chavan, then the revenue minister, who had asked the Adarsh housing society to change the bye-laws to include civilians, the Congress stepped in to impose a virtual gag order.

The AICC inquiry is being carried out by two very senior and unblemished leaders and anyone who wants to say anything in the matter should give their views to them, said party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed.

The Opposition parties in Maharashtra also stepped up their offensive and met Governor K Sankarnarayanan demanding the dismissal of the Chavan government.

With PTI inputs