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As reported by expressbuzz.com on 09 Apr 2012 MUMBAI: Central Science and Technology Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has been named in another land scam with a fresh complaint lodged before the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau, an activist said Monday. In a complaint filed by Simpreet Singh and other activists against Deshmukh and senior bureaucrats, it was alleged that they connived to grab land reserved for dishoused persons and handed it to a society of Bombay High Court judges. "We have today lodged a complaint with ACT demanding a first information report (FIR) against the politicians, bureaucrats and judges under the Prevention of Corruption Act," Singh, who had also filed the complaint in the Adarsh Society scam, told IANS. He said named in the complaint are then Maharashtra chief minister Deshmukh, bureaucrats C.S. Sangeetrao, S.S. Zende, R.C. Joshi and Ramanand Tiwari. The complaint has also named members of the Nyaysagar Co-operative Housing Society which includes Justice Vijay Chaganlalji Daga, Justice Ajay Manikrao Khanwilkar, Justice S. Radhakrishnan, Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, Justice Prasankumar Vinayak Kakde, Justice Rajender Lodha, Justice G.D. Patil, Justice H. E. Rebello, Justice D.K. Deshmukh, Justice D.B. Bhosale, Justice D.G. Karnik and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud. Elaborating on the alleged conspiracy, Singh said that in 2001, many Bombay High Court judges formed the Nyaysagar CHS and approached Deshmukh for allotment of government land in Bandra East. "They identified (land) that was reserved for Housing the Dishoused and thus could not be allotted to them," Singh said. However, Deshmukh allegedly ordered his subordinates, to by-pass the technicality. This would enable the land to be allotted to the judges society, Singh pointed out. He further claimed that the letter of intent for the land was issued to the society even before a final decision to allot the land was taken."The possession of the land was given to the Nyaysagar Society on 26.3.2003 though the final decision of allotting the plot to the society was taken much later, on 22.6.2004," Singh said.He added that the notification for suggestions/objections on the proposed changes in the DP reservation was made June 16, 2004 and after six days, on June 22, the allotment was made, though the time for raising objetions or making suggestions was open for another 30 days.
As reported by Prafulla Marpakwar in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 05 December 2010: Adarsh row: Babus may be told to go - The Times of India Adarsh row: Babus may be told to go MUMBAI: Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan is likely to ask both information commissioner Ramanand Tiwari and human rights commission member Subhash Lalla to step down after their names figured in the multi-crore Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society scam. Lalla, who has denied his involvement, has proceeded on long leave. "Under the legal provisions, the state government does not have the powers to remove them. Chavan will use his good offices and request them to step down on moral grounds. If they don't, the government will not hesitate to ask the governor to initiate steps for their removal," a senior official told TOI on Saturday. While many other bureaucrats have been caught in the Adarsh scam net, Tiwari and Lalla hold constitutional posts, thus making their offence graver. According to official records, Tiwari's son Omkar and Lalla's mother and daughter have been allotted flats in Adarsh. Tiwari was urban development secretary when the Adarsh file was processed while Lalla was secretary to the then chief minister. "We thought that after Ashok Chavan was sacked, most of the bureaucrats would withdraw from the membership of Adarsh on their own. Since that did not happen, the CM has stepped in to clean up the bureaucracy," the source said. As per the CM's directives, letters have been sent to 18 officials, including former BMC commissioner J M Phatak, former director of education J M Abhyankar, Tiwari and Lalla to submit information on their source of funds and whether they had intimated the government before acquiring flat in Adarsh.
Atul Patankar posted a topic in RTI in MediaLoosely based on report at IBN lokmat During discussion on the Adarsh Society scam in Maharashtra assembly, Ramanand Tiwari, present chief SCI of Maharashtra was mentioed by many as the most corrupt officer. They also expressed surprise that he is appointed as information commissioner when he has such vested inteest in hiding information. Ramanand Tiwari was Principal Secretary of Urban Land Devlopment department, and last year of his service as Chief Secretary. His wealth includes at least 4 flats in posh areas of mumbai, and huge tracts of land around Mumbai. His wealth is estimated at more than 130 crores! He is trustee of on educational trust which was alloted prime land (3500 sq.m.)in Navi Mumbai at Rs. 315 per sq. m. It is alleged that the trust does not meet a single condition laid down for such allotment by CIDCO.
Atul Patankar posted a topic in RTI in MediaLoosely translated form report by Alka Dhupkar at ibnlokmat.tv on 26 Mar 2011 The Maharashtra SIC Ramanand Tiwari was suspended by Governor on 20 January 2011, due to his alleged role in the Adarsha Scandal. However, the post is still lying vacant. Therefore, thousands of appeals by Mumbaikars are pending. There are more than 300 cases, in which a hearing was conducted by Tiwari, but no decision was given. Additionally, hearing on the second appeals and complaints were postponed 'until further notice' when Tiwari was dismissed. As and when the enquiry about Tiwari's role in Adarsh Role gets completed, the governor will submit the report to Supreme Court.Then the supreme Court will make any further enquiries as it deems fit, and then any final decision in this matter will be taken. Meanwhile, the State government has not made any alternate arrangement for handling the charge of Ramanand Tiwari.
As reported by Prafulla Marpakwar at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on Jan 30, 2011 MUMBAI: Government officials from junior clerks to senior officers— not only those working at Mantrayala but also other government bodies — have suddenly become wary of handling files let alone knocking on CM's door for a plum post. The CBI's decision to register a criminal case against those accused in the Adarsh Housing Society scam has come as unpleasant surprise to babus, IFS officials and even top police brass. They were all under the impression that the CBI would never actually get down to filing an FIR, said an official. Everyone's running scared. Many bureaucrats have already initiated the process of securing anticipatory bail from the appropriate court. "The CBI has registered a criminal case. Since all are cognizable and non-bailable offences, we feel that we should go in for an anticipatory bail," a bureaucrat said. A member of the Adarsh society said: "We thought it would end with the suspension of information commissioner Ramanand Tiwari. We were of the opinion it was beyond the jurisdiction of the CBI to investigate the land deal as the plot is owned by the state government." The implications of the FIR are many, but the one that's finally hitting home is the fact that nobody can escape the law. Babus were sitting tight hoping that the scam would be forgotten with former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan's unceremonious exit from the political arena. There is also talk among the accused of pooling their resources and facing the legal battle as team instead of fighting it out individually. "We don't know the exact details of the FIR. We will meet once we get the copy of the FIR and then decide the course of action," he said. Most of the serving bureaucrats are worried that once the FIR is made public, CM Prithviraj Chavan will not hesitate to give them the boot. "We feel that Chavan will send all babus, whose names figure in the FIR on long leave, till the chargesheet is filed," the bureaucrat added. It's a double dose of justice for the accused: Not only has the CBI named them in the FIR, in a week or two, they will receive a summons from the commission of inquiry headed by Justice J A Patil. A bureaucrat, who is also a member of Adarsh, said that the promoters of the society had given the impression that as all clearances were given by high-ranking babus, nothing could go wrong.