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Adarsh-tainted Jairaj Phatak, Pradeep Vyas & 6 other IAS officers transferred

Saturday, 31 May 2014 - 7:20am IST | Agency: dna

The state government has transferred eight IAS officers, including recently-reinstated bureaucrats Jairaj Phatak and Pradeep Vyas, allegedly involved in the Adarsh housing scam.

Phatak, a 1978 batch IAS officer, has been posted as managing director of Maharashtra Petrochemicals Corporation LTD, Mumbai, while Pradeep Vyas, a 1989-batch bureaucrat, has been posted as member secretary of Rest of Maharashtra Statutory Development Board.

A fortnight ago, the government had reinstated these two senior bureaucrats, who were suspended on March 22, 2012 for their alleged role in the Adarsh housing scam.

According to a Government Resolution (GR), a government employee cannot be suspended for more than two years. However, criminal proceedings and departmental inquiries will continue against these two officers.

While the CBI found Phatak's son Kanishk had a flat in the posh South Mumbai society, Vyas's wife Seema, herself an IAS officer, had a flat in her name. The two were jailed for more than two months.

Phatak was a member secretary of a statutory board before his suspension, while Vyas was finance secretary. A show-cause notice was served on both on May 19.

The case in High Court pertains to whether the CBI has jurisdiction in the matter.

Phatak, a former Mumbai municipal commissioner, was responsible for clearing an additional floor for the Adarsh building without the requisite sanctions, while Vyas was the Collector of Mumbai when the land was allotted to the controversial Adarsh Society in 2003. The two were also indicted by a Judicial Commission headed by Justice J A Patil.

Meanwhile, another bureaucrat A B Kulkarni has been made the MD of Maharashtra State Finance Corporation.

Manisha Verma, who completed her stint on central deputation, is now secretary and commissioner (investment and protocol) Maharashtra Sadan, Delhi.

AB Patil has been appointed the MD of Mahila Arthik Vikas Mahamandal (MAVIM) in place of Sonali Ponkshe Waingankar, who has been shifted as additional divisional commissioner, Nashik.
Sanjay Khandare will now be the vice president and MD, Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC).

SP Kadu Patil has been appointed secretary, Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission. Most of these officers were awaiting new postings.

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