Adarsh scam: Ex Municipal Commissioner refutes charges

Former Mumbai municipal commissioner Jairaj Phatak Thursday told the Bombay HC that his son Kanishka was made a member of the Adarsh housing society in 2004, when Phatak was not holding the post of the commissioner.

Last Updated: Jan 06, 2011, 22:07 PM IST

Mumbai: Former Mumbai municipal commissioner
Jairaj Phatak Thursday told the Bombay High Court that his son
Kanishka was made a member of the controversial Adarsh housing
society in 2004, when Phatak was not holding the post of the
commissioner.

Phatak today filed an affidavit in reply to a PIL filed by
social worker Santosh Daundkar against the society.

Daundkar in his PIL (filed much before the building became
controversial and led to resignation of chief minister Ashok
Chavan) has sought orders to reduce the 31-storey building`s
height from 104.6 meters to 30 meters.

PIL alleges that the permission granted by the Municipal
Corporation of Greater Mumbai to the society to raise the
height was unlawful.
According to the PIL, Phatak, in 2007 and 2009, had
approved two separate proposals of High Rise Committee (HRC)
to increase height of the building.

The former commissioner however has denied all the
allegations.
Phatak`s affidavit was today submitted before the division
bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice S J Vazifdar.
The hearing was adjourned for four weeks after the government
pleader sought time to file his affidavit.

PTI