Adarsh: Top bureaucrat Lalla resigns

Former IAS officer Subhash Lalla`s kin owns a flat in the scam-hit Adarsh Housing Society.

Updated: Jan 03, 2011, 14:51 PM IST

Mumbai: Former IAS officer Subhash Lalla,
whose kin owns a flat in the scam-hit Adarsh Housing Society
in south Mumbai, Monday resigned as a member of Maharashtra
State Human Rights Commission.

Lalla met Governor K Sankaranarayanan at Raj Bhavan
this morning and submitted his resignation.

"The Governor has accepted Lalla`s resignation," a Raj
Bhavan spokesperson said.

Lalla, who was secretary in the Chief Minister`s
Office when the Housing Society`s file was being processed in
the state secretariat, is the first bureaucrat to resign for
his alleged involvement in the Adarsh scam.

Ashok Chavan was to forced to quit as Chief Minister
last year after it was revealed that his kin including late
mo
ther-in-law, owned flats in the Adarsh society.

To reports that the state government had asked former
bureaucrats Ramanand Tiwari and Lalla to step down over their
alleged involvement in the housing scam, Chief Minister
Prithviraj Chavan had declined to comment.

"Chief Secretary was asked to meet the two officers to
elicit certain information (on Adarsh scam). I will not
comment further," Chavan had said last week.

Tiwari, former Urban Development Secretary, is the
State Information Commissioner.

Lalla, in his resignation letter, said he had resigned
to maintain dignity of the Maharashtra State Human Rights
Commission.

He said the resignation is voluntarily to avoid
further embarrassment to the Government or to himself and
there was no feeling of guilt or wrongdoing associated with
the decision.

He said his name had been "unfortunately" and
"unfairly" linked to the Adarsh scam.

He maintained that he had no role in the purchase of
flats in the Society.

Lalla said membership of his relatives in the Society
was much prior to his coming to the secretariat (Mantralaya)
in 2000 which is due to his father, who was a defence
personnel.

"My father late Shaligram Lalla, who worked in
Military Engineering Services retired in Kamptee Cantonment in
Nagpur district and continued to stay there during his
post-retirement period.

"R C Thakur, the chief promoter of Adarsh Co-Operative
Housing Society was my father`s neighbour. Because of good
social relationship between them, my father was taken as a
member of Adarsh Co-Operative Housing Society which was
originally meant for defence and defence allied personnel and
their families," he said.

"After my father`s death, the membership was given to
my mother Sushila Shaligram. My daughter was inducted as a
member as there were some vacancies available during that
initial period of society formation because of relation with
defence personnel. My mother has been a member of this society
since July 1998 and my daughter since April 1999."

"I was posted in Mantralaya for the first time in
mid-2000 as a Secretary to the Social Justice Department and
to Chief Minister`s office much later in 2004," Lalla said.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan met the
Governor at Raj Bhavan here this afternoon.

What transpired during the meeting was not immediately
known, but Raj Bhavan sources said the Adarsh issue might have
been discussed.

Meanwhile, leader of Shiv Sena in the Maharashtra
Assembly Subhash Desai said State Information Commissioner
Ramanand Tiwari should also step down, over his alleged
involvement in the Housing scam.

PTI