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Adarsh scam: CBI raids ex-BMC Commissioner's residence

New Delhi/Mumbai , Tue, 15 Mar 2011 ANI

New Delhi/Mumbai, Mar 15 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday raided the residences of former Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner Jairaj Phatak in Delhi and Mumbai in connection with the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society scam.


Phatak is accused of misusing his position to illegally give permission to increase the height of the building.


Pathak was the BMC commissioner when the building got clearance from the high rise committee. His relative owns a flat in the building.


The CBI had on January 29 registered an FIR against 13 people, including former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan in connection with the case.


The Environment Ministry had on January 16 directed the society to demolish within three months the unauthorised building in South Mumbai for violating coastal regulations.


The Adarsh scam claimed its first victim last year in the form of Ashok Chavan, who was forced to resign after reports surfaced that his kin owned flats in the society.


After Chavan, top bureaucrats too faced the axe, most notably among them being Maharashtra's Chief Information Commissioner Ramanand Tiwari and Human Rights Commissioner Subhash K Lalla.


The 31-storey Adarsh Housing Society, originally meant for Kargil war heroes, landed in controversy after media reports said that several politicians, bureaucrats and defence personnel owned flats there. (ANI)


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