Former principal secretary (urban development department) Ramanand Tiwari told the Adarsh Inquiry Commission that he did not bring to the notice of the then chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh that Adarsh Society's request for granting of floor space index (FSI) for the plot had earlier been turned down by Deshmukh's predecessor Sushil Kumar Shinde.
When asked by the Adarsh Commission on whether in 2005 he had brought to the notice of the CM that the proposal was earlier rejected by the then CM in 2003, Tiwari Replied in the negative.
Tiwari claimed that it was not necessary to inform the CM. "It was not required to bring to the notice of the CM because the earlier rejection was relating to the grant of FSI without land being allocated whereas this file was relating to a request made by the society for allotment of land and FSI," Tiwari said.
The Adarsh Society in March 2003 had written to the then chief minister Sushil Kumar Shinde seeking extra FSI for the society. However, the request was turned down as the land was reserved for BEST depot and the grant of additional FSI was not permissible under Development Control Regulations of 1991.
However on August 2005, the state government allowed the usage of BEST FSI to the society. When asked under what DC Rules was the allotment made, Tiwari claimed that the allotment was done by the revenue and forest department and the question of referring to the DCR did not arise.
Tiwari served six years as Principal Secretary Urban Development from 2002 to 2008 during which Adarsh society got regulatory clearances. Tiwari's son Omkar has a flat in Adarsh Society.
There are allegations that Tiwari had used his authority to give clearances to the society and has been charge sheeted by the CBI. He was also sacked from the post of state information commissioner.