Maharashtra Governor K Sankarayanan on Tuesday started the process to remove former bureaucrat Ramanand Tiwari as state information commissioner for his alleged role in Adarsh housing scam.
"The governor has made a reference to the Supreme Court on Tiwari under Section 17.1 of the RTI Act," Raj Bhavan sources announced here on Tuesday.
The Governor's action comes two days after Tiwari met him and presented his side of
the case. The state cabinet had on January 11 recommended action against Tiwari for the role he played in the Adarsh scam.
The department had changed reservation of two plots for the benefit of Adarsh and also allowed higher floor space index for the building.
A defiant Tiwari had refused to step down first when chief minister Prithviraj Chavan had advised him through then chief secretary J P Dange to resign and later when the cabinet took a decision to request the Governor to initiate action against him under the provisions of the Right To Information act.
Currently Tiwari is on a three-month leave but he could be suspended soon.
He will be removed after a Supreme Court probe finds him guilty of misconduct as per the provisions of the RTI Act, state government sources said.