Mumbai: In the Adarsh Housing Society scam, the Commission of Enquiry set up by the Maharashtra government is likely to start its proceedings this week.

The state government had formed a panel headed by retired High Court Justice J A Patil with former Chief Secretary P Subramanian as its member to probe the alleged irregularities in allotment of plot and grant of additional FSI to Adarsh Society in December last year.

"The Commission was expected to submit its report within three months from January 8. However, we got all the resources including accommodation in February. We have started getting affidavits from the members of the society and various departments of the government," an official attached to the Commission said.

The Commission's probe would run parallel to the inquiry by CBI, which has registered a case against 13 accused, including former chief minister Ashok Chavan for criminal conspiracy, fraud and misuse of the official powers.

The Commission would look into issues such as whether the land was reserved for kin of Kargil war martyrs, alleged violation of Coastal Regulation Zone rules etc.

The Commission will work like a court, where a prosecution lawyer would be appointed to argue the case, while the respondents may either appear in person, or appoint a lawyer to defend themselves.

The Society was built on a prime piece of land, allegedly belonging to the Defence Ministry. It was originally meant to be a six-storey structure, but later it got permission, against rules, to build 31 floors.

(Agencies)