Retired Bombay high court judge, JA Patil, who will head the two-member committee that will probe the Adarsh scam, is well aware of the tough task on hand. “It is a challenging job but I will do it,” said Patil, who retired as high court judge in December 2003.
Speaking to HT, Patil said he would be able to comment on his assignment only after receiving the terms and reference of the inquiry. However, he did comment on the deadline of three months set by the government, saying the initial few days would have to be spent on establishment and completion of procedural matters, after which actual work on the inquiry would begin. He said he would prefer to work from Mumbai considering the scope of the inquiry.
Settled in Pune in 2007, Patil is a respected name in the legal fraternity. He began his career as judicial magistrate first class and retired as a high court judge. Known to be upright and straightforward throughout his career, Patil was district judge in Pune 1996-1997 when he was elevated to the high court. Prior to his appointed as a judicial officer, Patil was an advocate in Kolhapur. After his retirement in 2003, Patil was the presiding officer of the Mumbai University Tribunal.
On the personal front, Patil is known to be passionate about literature, music and nature. Patil is also an accomplished photographer.
The other member of the probe panel is P Subrahmanyam, a retired Indian Administrative Service officer. Subrahmanyam is a former chief secretary of Maharashtra and former chairman of the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Authority. Subrahmanyam retired as chief secretary in 1999 after which he had a three-year stint as MERC chief.
(With inputs by HTC, Mumbai)