A state urban development department (UDD) official on Monday blamed the former deputy secretary of the UDD, PV Deshmukh, of fraudulently communicating to the civic body that the Adarsh society had got the green nod from the Centre.
Deposing before the two-member commission, Suresh Kakani, joint secretary, UDD, said his statement was also based on the FIR filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
“It was in the December 2010 that the UDD came to know that no such NOC was issued by the ministry of environment and forests [MoEF],” said Kakani. “It was stated in the FIR that PV Deshmukh is guilty of communicating the NOC in favour of Adarsh society even though the MoEF had not granted the same and therefore Deshmukh had made a fraudulent communication.”
Deshmukh also became the member of the society in 2003, which the CBI alleged was in quid pro for his work for the society.
Kakani said “No such NOC was ever issued by the ministry and thereby he [Deshmukh] abused his official position for personal gain by becoming a member of the society.”
In addition, Deshmukh did not inform the government of him becoming the member, which is the obligatory part under Rule 19 (2) (I) of the MCS (Conduct) Rules, 1979. When the government servant intends to become a member of the cooperative housing society then it is obligatory on his part to give intimation to the government.