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Adarash scam: CBI searches premises of power ministry official

Adarash scam: CBI searches premises of power ministry official
PTI
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First Published: Tue, Mar 15 2011. 08 20 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Mar 15 2011. 08 20 PM IST
Mumbai: Premises of a senior IAS officer in the Union power ministry -- Jairaj M. Phatak -- were on Tuesday searched by the CBI in connection with his role in the Adarash Housing Society scam case.
A day after the power ministry gave its nod to CBI’s plea for sanction to prosecute him, the CBI sleuths swooped at his premises in this megapolis, New Delhi and Pune, agency officials said here.
Phatak, a 1978 batch IAS officer from Maharashtra cadre, is at present posted as additional secretary in the power ministry and looks after Rural Electrification project.
After the searches, the CBI claimed that the IAS officer and his family had five flats -- four in Mumbai, including the one in Adarash, and one in Pune.
During the searches, the CBI also took into possession keys of four lockers -- three in Mumbai and one in Delhi, which will be operated separately besides documents showing investments up to Rs50 lakh in fixed deposits, the agency claimed.
They also claimed that they had seized documents showing that the IAS official and his family had 27 bank accounts which was being looked into.
CBI also took into possession some documents, laptops and hard disks which will be sent to forensic laboratory for examination, the sources said.
Phatak was not immediately available for comments and did not answer his mobile phone nor the messages sent on his phone.
The CBI had named Phatak, the then Commissioner of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), on 29 January and had said in its FIR that he could not be chargesheeted as they were awaiting sanction for his prosecution.
Phatak’s son Kanishka is among the 103 members who owned an apartment in the Adarsh, located in Mumbai’s upmarket Colaba area.
The CBI alleged in its FIR that he, during his tenure as BMC commissioner, had approved the height of the building to be increased from 97 metres to 107 metres on 1 September, 2007.
He was the head of the committee looking after high rise buildings in the megapolis and the agency alleged that he had not referred the height increase to other committee members.
Apart from Phatak, the FIR includes former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan, retired army officials and bureaucrats, all of who have been charged with conspiracy and misuse of official powers.
The plush housing society, built on prime defence land, had been constructed in alleged violation of rules. The building was originally meant to be a six-storey structure to house Kargil war heroes and their kin but was later extended to 31 floors without mandatory permission.
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First Published: Tue, Mar 15 2011. 08 20 PM IST