ADARSH SCAM: info chief to meet governor
Right to Information commissioner, Ramanand Tiwari (above), whose removal has been recommended by the state government on grounds of misconduct in the Adarsh Housing society scam will meet the governor K Sankarnarayan on Sunday. HT reports.mumbai Updated: Jan 16, 2011 00:58 IST
Right to Information commissioner, Ramanand Tiwari (above), whose removal has been recommended by the state government on grounds of misconduct in the Adarsh Housing society scam will meet the governor K Sankarnarayan on Sunday.
“The governor has granted an appointment to Tiwari,’’ said a spokesperson for Raj Bhavan. Tiwari, a retired IAS officer, who was the urban development department secretary in the state secretariat when the controversial Adarsh society files were approved will meet the Governor at 4 pm.
Tiwari, defiant despite state government recommendations has continued to attend office as state information commissioner. He said he has so far not got any intimation from the government asking him not to report for work.
He is likely to present his defence and refute charges of misconduct in the scam before the governor.
The governor is yet to take action on the state cabinet’s recommendation to suspend Tiwari. After suspension, the governor will make a reference to the Supreme Court for initiating inquiry into Tiwari’s role in Adarsh.
The government had asked Tiwari to resign on moral grounds. After he refused, the state prepared a dossier seeking his removal on grounds of misconduct as UDD secretary and RTI commissioner, under section 17 of the RTI Act. It had got cabinet approval this week.
The cabinet also said Tiwari must be barred from entering his office till a final decision in the inquiry is taken. Tiwari’s son, Omkar, has a flat in the controversial tower. The state has pointed out that Tiwari has funded three fourths of the cost of this flat worth Rs 70 lakh.