Mumbai: Seeking to wash his hands off the Adarsh scam, Union Minister of Power Sushil Kumar Shinde on Monday told a judicial panel the decision to allot government land and grant of additional Floor Space Index to the housing society was taken during the tenure of Vilasrao Deshmukh as the chief minister of Maharashtra.

Both Shinde and Deshmukh had handled files pertaining to the controversial society during their stint as Maharashtra chief minister.

“The decision to allot the land in question to Adarsh society was taken prior to my taking over as the chief minister. The Letter of Intent was issued in favour of Adarsh on the morning of January 18, 2003 when Vilasrao Deshmukh was the chief minister. It was not issued under my instructions and it was never brought to my notice,” Shinde said.