Maharashtra government to probe Adarsh society scam

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has appointed a two member committee to probe the Adarsh Society scam.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan announced that retired Justice JA Patil and retired Chief Secretary P Subramaniam will conduct a judicial probe into the Adarsh scam.

The team will probe all aspects including land ownership and allotment, permissions and environmental violations.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has said that the two member committee will submit its report within three months.

The announcement comes days after bureaucrats allegedly involved in the scam were named.

On Wednesday, the Governor rejected Chief Information Commissioner Ramanand Tiwari's leave application, that he had submitted after refusing to step down. As the urban Development Secretary, Tiwari had played a direct role in granting clearances to Adarsh.

His son later got a flat in the building in a major conflict of interest.

Maharashtra Human Right Commissioner, Subhash Lalla, also became the first bureaucrat to resign over the scam.

Lalla was former CM Vilasrao Deshmukh's secretary and is said to have helped get more land for the Adarsh Society, in which his mother and daughter now own flats.