High-rise buildings are seen behind a slum in Mumbai April 28, 2009. REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files
Corruption charges are swirling over a new apartment block in an upscale Mumbai district where homes meant for war widows have gone cheaply to politicians and military officers, embarrassing India’s ruling Congress party.

The scandal has broken out days before U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in the city.

When first mooted, Adarsh Housing Society in Mumbai’s tony Colaba area was supposed to be a six-storey building to house widows and heroes of a military conflict in Kargil bordering Pakistan in 1999.

But in its place has come up a 31-storey luxury apartment building, and most of the owners of its 103 apartments are top politicians, bureaucrats, federal ministers, two retired army chiefs and a former navy chief.

Some Indian media said three of the allottees were linked to the Kargil conflict.