“Our premise is that several chief ministers, ministers, legislators and bureaucrats got land allotted to at least 36 co-operative societies in the city to house themselves,” said one of the indicted officials. “These people also got land reservations changed and acquired several clearances using their position in the government.”
Some serving and retired bureaucrats have already written to the government raising strong objections to the commission’s findings and observations. A few of them have even threatened to take the government and the judicial commission to court.
They are more agitated because the state cabinet has cleared indicted politicians, barring former CM Ashok Chavan, of all charges. Though they have also been spared criminal action, the bureaucrats will have to face departmental inquiries.
Some officers who retired four years before their indictment are likely to escape action, but those eligible for action under the service conduct rules are likely to lose retirement benefits if proved guilty.
The societies that those indicted have listed in their defense are located in upmarket areas like Colaba, Churchgate, Worli, Bandra, Versova, Andheri, Juhu, Powai and Santacruz.