On a day when the ministry of environment and forests ordered the demolition of the controversial Adarsh society, retired bureaucrat, Ramanand Tiwari, accused of favouring the society in return for a flat in his son Omkar’s name, met governor K Sankarnarayanan at Raj Bhavan, reiterating his refusal to quit.
Tiwari, who was asked to step down from the post of the state’s chief information commissioner, said he visited the governor to give his side of the story.
He refused to take the blame for his decisions on Adarsh, stating that the then chief ministers were also to be blamed for clearing the files.
“The governor didn’t ask for my resignation and neither did I offer it to him,” Tiwari told journalists after the meeting. “I have informed the governor about my refusal to step down. I am willing to face an inquiry, which the governor-appointed panel will be conducting.”
Tiwari was the principal secretary of the urban development department when the department took two controversial decisions relating to granting land to the controversial Colaba tower.
First, was the reduction of the width of Captain Prakash Pethe Marg, the road adjacent to Adarsh, from 60 metres to 18 metres. The other decision was changing the reservation of a portion of the BEST bus depot adjoining Adarsh and handing it over to the society, thus helping it get raise its floor space index.
Tiwari said the chief ministers during that period, Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushilkumar Shinde, had approved the decisions.
“Finally, all my decisions were cleared by the respective CMs then and hence I shouldn’t be made to take the entire blame,” he said. “It was a state decision and not mine alone.”