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Tiwari in trouble but ministers get away

What’s sauce for the goose may not be sauce for the gander.

mumbai Updated: Jan 13, 2011 01:49 IST
Ketaki Ghoge

What’s sauce for the goose may not be sauce for the gander.

This is evident in the case of state information commissioner Ramanand Tiwari, in the dock over Adarsh violations.

While the argument for Tiwari’s removal rests on two violations in his stint as urban development department secretary, no action has been proposed against the minister who cleared them.

The state government has made a case for ‘misconduct’ pointing to Tiwari’s decision to change reservation and reduce the width of Prakash Pethe Marg from 60 to 18 metres and changing the reservation of the BEST plot adjoining the Adarsh tower. Both decisions were taken after overruling objections by other state agencies like the MSRDC, MMRDA and BEST.

Government sources said, “The 2002 decision to reduce Prakash Pethe Marg was approved by the head of urban development department.

The notings of this decision have gone missing from the urban development file but the file movement register confirms the file went up to the

higher authority,” said a bureaucrat. Activists say the main culprits in the scam may go scot-free. “Both decisions were taken when union minister for heavy industries, Vilasrao Deshmukh was CM in 2002 and 2005.

All three ex-chief ministers, Deshmukh, Sushilkumar Shinde and Ashok Chavan, are culpable, but no action has been proposed against them,”

said YP Singh, lawyer and activist. While Chavan was forced to resign, Deshmukh and Shinde have continued as union ministers.

National Alliance of People’s Movement has filed a petition in the Bombay high court seeking an inquiry into the role of politicians and bureaucrats in the case. A senior Congress minister said, “Tiwari’s removal could land the party in the soup. Obvious questions will be raised about the role of the other chief ministers and the party is in no position to ask for resignations of other two senior leaders.”