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Adarsh maps not missing: advocate

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Mumbai: Senior advocate for the government of Maharashtra on Saturday refuted media reports that certain important maps and survey sheets related to Adarsh society had gone missing from the city's land records office.

A section of the media reported that Sanjay Dikhle, superintendent of city survey and land records, had told the two-member Adarsh Commission that some maps and survey sheets were “not available” in his office.

“It is wrong reporting. When asked, he [Mr. Dikhle] said that he would have to check it out. He did not say [that] they were not available, or were missing. When the Commission asked him whether he could produce them, he said he would search for them and produce them. It is difficult for a person to know off-hand which all documents are available in his office,” Anil Sakhre, senior advocate, told The Hindu on Saturday.

“In fact, all the maps and survey sheets are available with us,” he said, adding that they would produce them in front of the Commission on June 28. “Nothing has been tampered with, nothing is missing. Everything is available as far as the Revenue Department is concerned. We have requested the Commission to tell us two days in advance about the documents they require. Tracing the documents takes some time. They are all available,” he said.

The Commission had asked for very old maps of Colaba, which would reflect the status of the land where Adarsh society eventually came up. While the Defence Ministry has been arguing that the land has been in their possession since before independence, the State government has maintained that the land did not exist earlier and was reclaimed just a few decades ago.

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