By Alok Deshpande |
Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
Now, there is a Cambodia connection to the controversial Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society scam.
The two-member panel probing the Adarsh scam has issued summons to Saurav Ray, the first secretary at the Indian Embassy in the Cambodia capital of Phnom Penh, to file his affidavit in the case. The same has also been issued to the ministry of external affairs (MEA).
Ray, the then defence estate officer (DEO) of the Mumbai region, was the original whistleblower in the scam as he had objected to the NOC given to the Adarsh CHS by the Army.
“We have summoned Ray. The affidavit has been forwarded to the MEA, which will then be sent to Ray, who is posted at the Indian embassy in Cambodia,” said a probe panel official.
Defence ministry counsel Aniket Nikam told DNA that the summons has been issued. “However, we are yet to get any reply from the MEA or from Ray,” said Nikam. Following the summons, Ray will have to file his affidavit in front of the commission and later could even be called to Mumbai as a witness.
As defence estate officer, Ray managed all defence lands. His colleague
RC Thakur was the chief promoter and founding member of the Adarsh CHS. Ray had called the controversial tower a “security threat” even when it was just a six-storey plan.