The state government’s decision to issue notices to all serving and retired bureaucrats under a cloud of suspicion in the Adarsh Society controversy has worried officials.
This is the first time in the state that as many as 10 Indian Administrative Service and Indian Forest Service officials, apart from six state officials, face suspension.
The society at Colaba has as its members 16 former and serving state officials, many of them in a position of clear files pertaining to the society.
Many of the officials who got flats in the society refused to comment, saying they were yet to receive the notices.
Former city collector Pradeep Vyas, whose bureaucrat wife Seema got a flat in Adarsh, said: “I haven’t got the notice; I’ll comment when I get it.”
Former Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport chief Uttam Khobragade disconnected the line when asked about the notice. His daughter was allotted a flat in Adarsh.
Former civic chief Jairaj Phatak, whose son Kanishka got a flat, said: “I have not seen the notice. I will reply when I get it.” Clarifying how Kanishka got the money to buy the flat, he said: “Our family [a Hindu Undivided Family] headed by my father and uncle got land acquisition compensation of Rs 74 lakh. My son’s flat was financed through that. He was eligible in every respect.”
Former city collector IA Kundan said she had nothing to hide. She said details about her property, sources of income, documents seeking membership of the society, clearance to apply and allotment details were communicated to the government. “I took over as collector when the building was almost ready. I had no power to clear land, floor space index or environment files… And I refused to clear my own file,” she said, claiming facts of the case were distorted.
Other officials under the scanner include former chief secretary DK Sankaran, former secretaries to the chief minister Subhash Lalla and CS Sangitrao and former urban development secretary Ramanand Tiwari.