Govt reinstates Radheshyam Mopalwar as VC & MD of MSRDC

The state government last week had accepted in toto Johny Joseph committee's report recommending Mopalwar's reinstatement

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IAS officer Radheshyam Mopalwar on Tuesday was reinstated as the vice chairman (VC) and managing director (MD) of Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) by the state government. The move comes following a three-member committee headed by the former chief secretary Johny Joseph who gave Mopalwar a clean chit after it probed the veracity of a leaked audio clip wherein the latter was purportedly heard fixing a massive land deal.

The state government last week had accepted in toto Johny Joseph committee's report recommending Mopalwar's reinstatement.

The government had sent Mopalwar on leave, in August, following a ruckus in the state legislature. The City and Industrial Development Corporation VC and MD Bhushan Gagrani was holding an additional charge as VC and MD of MSRDC.

Mopalwar told DNA, "Immediately after assuming my duties today, I held a review meeting of the Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway, Versova-Bandra sea link and other projects being developed by MSRDC.'' He further said that the allegations were false and the record has established his credentials.

The committee in its 22-page report had concluded that there was no substance in the allegations levelled against Mopalwar by Thane-based detective Satish Mangle. The committee cited forensic science laboratory, which probed audio samples, and had observed that the audio clip may be edited.

Further, the committee also inquired into Mopalwar's status with regard to Central Bureau of Investigation probe into multi-crore stamp paper scam and his alleged connection. The committee found out that Mopalwar was not an accused in that case and the CBI had already absolved him and filed a say in the special court.

The committee's term of reference also included whether the corruption charges were linked to Mopalwar's role as VC and MD of MSRDC which is the nodal agency for the Rs 46,000 crore Mumbai Nagpur super communication expressway or Samruddhi Corridor. The committee, however, found that there was no such land parcel in Borivli in north Mumbai discussed in the audio clip and it cannot be linked to the Samruddhi Corridor.

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