2 IAS officers accused in Adarsh scam suspended
The Mahashtra government has suspended two senior IAS officers accused in the Adarsh housing scam — Jairaj Phatak and Pradeep Vyas.mumbai Updated: Mar 23, 2012 00:47 IST
The Mahashtra government has suspended two senior IAS officers accused in the Adarsh housing scam — Jairaj Phatak and Pradeep Vyas.
On Thursday, advocate general Ravi Kadam told Bombay HC departmental proceedings will soon begin against them.
Vyas, arrested by the CBI probing the scam, was the secretary (expenditure) in the finance department. Phatak was the member secretary, development board for rest of Maharashtra.
According to the CBI, during his tenure as Mumbai collector from August 2002 to May 2005, Vyas had accepted false documents as proof of income to grant housing society memberships to those who were ineligible. His wife Seema, also an IAS officer, has a flat in the building.
Phatak allegedly allowed the height of the building, located in the upmarket Cuffe Parade area, to be raised beyond 100 m without the approval of the authorities concerned. Phatak’s son has received a flat in the 31-storey building.
Asking the housing society to surrender the building to the defence ministry, the court said the structure posed a threat to nearby defence installations.
Observing that the security of the nation comes first, the bench comprising Justices PB Majmudar and RD Dhanuka said, “Terrorists have already come till Taj Hotel. Tomorrow they may attack sensitive defence establishments. It is a serious matter and should not be taken lightly.”
The promotor of the society, KL Gidwani, arrested by CBI for his alleged role in the scam, was, meanwhile, remanded in police custody till March 26.
Three others —retired Major General AR Kumar, retired Major General TK Kaul and secretary (expenditure), finance ministry, Pradeep Vyas—were remanded in police custody till March 31.