Mumbai: Two top bureaucrats Jairaj Phatak and Ramanand Tiwari have been detained by the Central bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the Adarsh Housing Society scam. They are the eighth and ninth accused to be detained in the Adarsh case.
Phatak is among the two serving IAS officers who were suspended for their alleged involvement in the Adarsh Housing Society scam. In its status report submitted to the Bombay High Court, the Maharashtra government said Phatak and another IAS officer Pradeep Vyas will be under suspension till completion of the investigations.
The CBI had alleged in its FIR filed on January 29 that Jairaj Phatak, during his tenure as BMC commissioner, had approved the height of the building to be increased from 97 metres to 107 metres on September 1, 2007.
The seven other accused who were arrested earlier are Pradeep Vyas, a suspended bureaucrat in Maharashtra government; Major General (Retd) TK Kaul; Major General (Retd) AR Kumar; Brigadier (Retd) MM Wanchoo; RC Thakur, a retired defence estates officer, PV Deshmukh, a former Deputy Secretary in the Urban Department and KL Gidwani, a promoter of Adarsh Housing Society.
Meanwhile, the judicial custody granted to the seven arrested was extended till April 17.