Adarsh: Maha govt issues notices to bureaucrats

These officials have been asked whether they informed the govt about the purchase of flats and the source of funds.

Last Updated: Dec 03, 2010, 12:57 PM IST

Mumbai: Cracking the whip on top officials
linked to the Adarsh scam, the Maharathstra government has
sent notices to bureaucrats whose kin own flats in the
controversial building in south Mumbai asking them to explain
the source of funds.

"The bureaucrats, including senior IAS officials, have
been asked to explain source of funds and also their
explanation over alleged breach of conduct of civil service
rules," Mantralaya sources said.

Those issued notices include former BMC commissioner
Jairaj Phatak, former Urban Development Secretary Ramanand
Tiwari, former Urban Development Deputy Secretary P V
Deshmukh, and former Chief Secretary D K Shankaran. Children
of these officials own flats in Adarsh.

These officials have been asked whether they informed
the government about the purchase of flats and the source of
funds, the sources said.

The development comes in the backdrop of reports about
collusion between politicians, defence officers and senior
bureaucrats to corner flats in the building.

Earlier last month, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region
Development Authority (MMRDA) revoked the Adarsh housing
society`s occupation certificate and the civic body also cut
off its power and water supply after the society failed to
submit necessary papers.

The society, built on a 6,490 sq mt plot in the
Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) II, was initially promoted as
housing for Kargil war veterans and widows but has been in the
eye of a storm for violating environmental and other norms and
misusing the land granted to it.

PTI