Adarsh scam: Accused public servants cry foul

A group of bureaucrats, whose names appear in the list of accused in the Adarsh housing society scam report, have approached the state government claiming that they have been ‘wrongly’ dragged into the case.

Three IAS officers — former Mumbai municipal commissioner Jairaj Phatak, former Mumbai collector Dr Pradeep Vyas, and former secretary to chief minister (retd) C S Sangitrao have approached the government opposing the judicial commission’s findings.

The commission, comprising Justice (retd) JA Patil and former chief secretary (retd) P Subrahmanyam, has accused 12 public servants, including 10 acting or retired IAS officials, of violating service conduct rules. It has also accused five other public servants of giving permission or clearances in a quid pro quo.

Phatak’s son Kanishka, Vyas’s wife Seema (also an IAS officer), and Sangitrao’s son Ranjit are Adarsh society members.

Phatak confirmed that he met state chief secretary Jageshwar Saharia and issued a letter in this regard. “I have explained my point of view. It is, however, not for public consumption,” he said.

Sources said both have questioned the commission’s inferences and claimed that their point of view was not adequately represented.

“We are examining the content in this letters,” Saharia said.

A senior government source confirmed Sangitrao’s letter of protest. The commission has accused him of not informing the government in advance about the membership of his son. According to sources, Sangitrao has threatened legal action against the commission claiming that the inferences against him were drawn without granting him a hearing.

Former additional chief secretary (Urban Development) T C Benjamin said he would issue a protest letter to the government on Tuesday. Questioning Benjamin’s change in stance on exclusion of 15 per cent recreation ground (RG) requirement from the total FSI calculations in Adarsh, the commission held that “this created a doubt about his integrity and devotion to duty”.

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