Adarsh scam: Two IAS officers suspended

Last Updated: Thu, Mar 22, 2012 12:40 hrs

The Maharashtra government on Thursday suspended two serving Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers -Jairaj Pathak and Pradeep Vyas- for their alleged connection to the Adarsh Housing Society scam.

The Maharashtra government on Thursday submitted a status report to the Bombay High Court and said that the two IAS officers will be under suspension till the investigation process is completed.

According to reports, the government also informed the court that a high level meeting of the Enforcement Directorate (ED), Income Tax authorities and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was held in connection to the scam.

Earlier, the CBI arrested two persons, including a retired brigadier, who were allegedly linked to the scam.

The two arrested persons were identified as RC Thakur, who is a former defence estates officer, and Brigadier (Retired) MM Wanchoo.

They were arrested from their respective residences.

The Bombay High Court had earlier this month criticised the CBI for not arresting the accused in the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society scam despite having sufficient evidences.

Sucked into the controversy over allotment of flats in the Adarsh Society meant for Kargil War heroes´ families to a clutch of bureaucrats and politicians in Mumbai, several politicians, including former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan, have lost their jobs or are facing probe.

The 30-storey apartment, housing many top level defence officials, was built on a disputed army land at Colaba and it is alleged that the flats meant for the families of the Kargil martyrs were allotted to top defence officials and kins of politicians.

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