Adarsh scam: Lalla resigns from MSHRC

Adarsh scam: Lalla resigns from MSHRC

Mumbai: Former IAS officer Subhash Lalla, whose kin owns a flat in the scam-hit Adarsh Housing Society in Mumbai, on Monday resigned as a member of Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission.

Lalla met governor K. Sankaranarayanan at Raj Bhavan this morning and put in his papers.

“The Governor has accepted Lalla’s resignation," a Raj Bhavan spokesperson confirmed

Lalla, in his resignation letter, said he had resigned to maintain dignity of the Rights Commission

He also added the resignation was voluntary to avoid further embarrassment to the Government or to himself and there was no feeling of guilt or wrongdoing associated with the decision.

He said his name had been “unfortunately" and “unfairly" linked to the Adarsh scam and maintained that membership of his relatives in the Society was much prior to his coming to the secretariat in 2000 which is due to his father, who was a defence personnel .

“My father late Shaligram Lalla, who worked in Military Engineering Services retired in Kamptee Cantonment in Nagpur district and continued to stay there during his post-retirement period.

“R C Thakur, the chief promoter of Adarsh Co-Operative Housing Society was my father’s neighbour. Because of good social relationship between them, my father was taken as a member of Adarsh Co-Operative Housing Society which was originally meant for defence and defence allied personnel and their families,".

“After my father’s death, the membership was given to my mother Sushila Shaligram. My daughter was inducted as a member as there were some vacancies available during that initial period of society formation because of relation with defence personnel. My mother has been a member of this society since July 1998 and my daughter since April 1999."he said

Lalla, who was secretary in the Chief Minister’s Office when the Housing Society’s file was being processed , is the first bureaucrat to resign for his alleged involvement in the Adarsh scam.

Ashok Chavan was forced to quit as chief minister last year after it came to light that his kins including his late mother-in-law, owned flats in the Adarsh society.

Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan had declined to comment on reports that the state government had asked former bureaucrats Ramanand Tiwari and Lalla to step down over their alleged involvement in the housing scam .

“Chief secretary was asked to meet the two officers to elicit certain information (on Adarsh scam). I will not comment further," Chavan had said last week.

Tiwari, former urban development secretary, is also the state information commissioner.