The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sent a fresh reminder to the Maharashtra State government last week seeking sanction to prosecute two of its bureaucrats accused in the multi-crore Adarsh housing society case.
Since 2010, the agency has sent over two dozen letters to the state government requesting sanction for prosecution against former BMC chief Jairaj Phatak and former Mumbai collector Pradeep Vyas.
“It has become a routine affair to send reminders to the state government, but they have failed to revert even once,” a senior officer from the agency told The Indian Express. “But we will continue to send the letters until the trial commences,” he added.
According to the FIR filed by the agency, Jairaj Phatak, the then commissioner of BMC, granted clearance for the additional floor in the housing society in Colaba without referring the matter to the high-rise committee by using his discretionary power. In exchange, his son obtained a flat in the society. On the involvement of Pradeep Vyas, the agency claimed that the then collector of Mumbai, during the period between August 2002 and May 2005, ratified 71 members in the society out of which there were several ineligible members. For this favour, he also obtained a flat in the name of his wife Seema Vyas, said officials.
The agency, which has been probing the case since 2010, had filed an FIR in January 2011, which also included former chief minister Ashok Chavan as an accused. In July 2012, the CBI filed its chargesheet against the 13 accused in the special CBI court, pressing charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating and criminal misconduct under sections 120(B) and 420 of Indian Penal Code and section 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Recently, the High Court asked the special CBI court to commence the trial in the case.