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HindustanTimes Thu,17 Apr 2014

12 bureaucrats indicted in Adarsh report for violating rules

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, December 21, 2013
First Published: 12:11 IST(21/12/2013) | Last Updated: 12:26 IST(21/12/2013)

The Adarsh probe commission has indicted 12 bureaucrats for violation of service conduct rules in the report tabled before the state assembly on Friday.

Among them, former Mumbai city collector Pradeep Vyas, former deputy secretary PV Deshmukh, then urban development secretary Ramanand Tiwari and then Mumbai municipal commissioner Jairaj Phatak have been indicted for giving permissions or clearances as quid pro quo.

Tiwari played an important role in granting additional FSI to Adarsh and allowing PV Deshmukh to write a letter virtually announcing CRZ clearance to Adarsh, the report says.

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His son Omkar was given a flat in the building. Phatak, too, has drawn flak for decisions taken as municipal commissioner. He gave a nod to regularise the illegal 28th floor of Adarsh as chairman of the civic body's high-rise committee.

His son Kanishka got a flat in Adarsh in 2010. Also indicted was Subhash Lalla, secretary to then chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, whose mother Sushila Saligram and daughter Sumeela Sethi were members of the society. He was indicted for not informing the government about his relatives being members of the society while dealing with matters related to the building. Devyani Khobragade, an Indian diplomat in the US, was also named as one of the ineligible members.

Others named were former city collector IA Kundan, Vilasrao Deshmukh's other secretary CS Sangitrao, former chief secretary DK Sankaran, former urban development secretary Thomas Benjamin, former MMRDA commissioners Suresh Joshi and T Chandrashekhar and former chief town and country planner, MMRDA, Umesh Luktuke.

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