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2 IAS officers held in Adarsh housing scam

Phatak and Tiwari, whose sons own flats in the society, were grilled by the CBI for 8 hours before arrest.

mumbai Updated: Apr 04, 2012 02:03 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

The CBI on Tuesday arrested suspended IAS officer and former Brihanmumbai municipal commissioner Jairaj Phatak and former urban development principal secretary Ramanand Tiwari in connection with the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society scam.

With these, nine persons have been arrested so far.

In March 2011 the CBI carried out searches at the premises of Phatak in Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune.

The arrests of the two former high-ranking officials came on a day when the police custody of seven earlier accused was over and a special CBI court reserved its order on their bail application.

The seven have been sent to judicial custody and on Wednesday the court will deliver its order on their bail plea.

Phatak and Tiwari, who are among the 14 accused named in the FIR by the CBI, were summoned to the agency’s office at around 10am and were questioned till evening. At 6pm, the CBI arrested them.

A CBI statement said the two would be produced before the court on Wednesday.

Phatak’s and Tiwari’s sons have flats in the society.

Sources in the CBI said the two were arrested after former legislative council member Kanhaiyalal Gidwani, one of the seven accused in judicial custody, allegedly revealed their roles in the scam.

Before suspension, Phatak, a 1978-batch IAS officer, was member secretary, Regional Welfare Board of Western Maharashtra.

Tiwari, a 1972 batch IAS officer, retired as additional chief secretary. He was state information commissioner before he was suspended in January 2011.

First Published: Apr 03, 2012 23:07 IST