Over a year after two officials of the state Urban Development (UD) department were suspended for their alleged role in the Adarsh society missing files case,the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) has directed that UD department Desk Officer Gurudutt Wajpe and Assistant Town Planner Nandkumar Narvekar be reinstated to their posts within two weeks.
Both Wajpe and Narvekar had moved the MAT against their suspensions soon after they were arrested by the CBI for their alleged role in the case, in which important notings from a file pertaining to the scam-tainted Adarsh Housing Society had allegedly gone missing. As officials working in the UD department,both had allegedly dealt with the file during their stint in the department. The tribunal has observed that spending 48 hours in jail was not enough grounds for their suspension.
In his defence,Wajpe had brought to MAT chairperson Justice S Radhakrishnan’s notice that he was the first person to have noticed that pages had been torn out of the file that had Adarsh Society’s notings in it. Wajpe was the first to have approached the Marine Drive police station and registered a FIR. The tribunal has taken note of these contentions while passing a favourable order.
Both Wajpe and Narvekar,along with Waman Rawool,who was clerk to UD Principal Secretary at the time,were arrested in May last year. After the CBI failed to file a chargesheet against them within the mandatory 60-day period,the accused were released on bail. Immediately after,the two had moved the MAT.
The CBI’s case is that the relevant file pertaining to the Society moved in different departments between 1999- 2003. While the file was sent to the record room in August 2003,the CBI had claimed that it was moved and was missing for a few years. The CBI said Rawool,a clerk for Unit 12 (handling the Adarsh society) of the Urban Development department in Mantralaya,was authorised to monitor the files that moved from the desk. The CBI claimed that Rawool allegedly misplaced the papers from the file. It said Narvekar,desk officer,was aware that some pages of the Adarsh file were missing,but still did not bring it to anybodys notice. The CBI,too,has been contemplating closing the case for want of evidence against the accused.