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Adarsh-tainted Jairaj Phatak, Pradeep Vyas reinstated
The CBI found Phatak’s son Kanishk and Vyas’s wife Seema, herself an IAS officer, had a flat in their names in the tainted Adarsh Society. Both the bureaucrats were jailed for more than two months
 
The Maharashtra Government has reinstated senior bureaucrats Jairaj Phatak and Pradeep Vyas, who were suspended two years ago for their alleged role in the Adarsh housing scam.
 
Chief Secretary JS Saharia said the two officials were reinstated on Monday. Postings will be given to both the bureaucrats later. However, inquiry into cases against them will continue, he said.
 
According to a government resolution (GR), a government employee cannot be suspended for more than two years. They said criminal proceedings and departmental inquiries are on against the two. They were suspended on 22 March 2012.The two were jailed for more than two months.
 
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) found Phatak’s son Kanishk had a flat in the posh South Mumbai society while Vyas’s wife Seema, herself an IAS officer, also had a flat in her name. 
 
Phatak, who was member secretary of a statutory board before his suspension said a departmental inquiry has been initiated against him and Vyas.
 
“We have been given a show cause notice and asked to respond in 10 days. The notice was served on 19th May,” he said adding the case in High Court pertains to whether CBI has jurisdiction in the matter.
 
“We will defend ourselves and prove the land belonged to the state government. We had to be suspended because CBI arrested Pradeep Vyas, and after being in custody for 48 hours we are deemed to be suspended. I was arrested after suspension,” he said adding both he and Vyas are likely to be given non-executive posts as is done for government officials facing inquiry.
 
“It is better to work and get 100% salary rather than sitting at home and get 75% of it,” Phatak reasoned.
 
Vyas was Finance Secretary at the time of his suspension.
 
Phatak is a 1978 batch IAS officer and will retire in 2015 while Vyas, a 1989 batch officer, will retire in 2023.
 
Phatak, a former municipal commissioner of Mumbai, was responsible for clearing an additional floor for the Adarsh building without the requisite sanctions, while Vyas was the collector of Mumbai when the land was allotted to the controversial Adarsh society in 2003.
 
The two were also indicted by a Judicial Commission headed by Justice JA Patil. 

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A Menon

3 years ago

What struck was this *alleged* remark - “It is better to work and get 100% salary rather than sitting at home and get 75% of it,” Phatak reasoned.
Which implies that this corrupt SOB bureaucrat has been getting 75% of his salary while he was *sitting at home* under suspension for corruption. Jai Maharashtra!!!

jaideep shirali

3 years ago

This truly is an Adarsh case of corruption. Files go missing, plans vanish and the state bureauacracy and politicians are desperate to absolve everybody. Benami flats abound, the culprits get off lightly. A BJP politician has 8 flats, including under SC/ ST quota, in sum politicians across parties have joined to loot the public exchequer. Bureaucrats are not far behind in extracting their pound of flesh. And now, the bureaucracy absolves Phatak and Vyas and we are supposed to believe they are clean.

Thailand army declares martial law in the country
Thailand Army imposed Martial law after a long-running political crisis, and months of escalating tensions between the government and the opposition
 
In a surprise move, the Army on Tuesday declared martial law in Thailand to preserve law and order after six months of anti-government protests that left the country without proper functioning of the government. The Army, however, denied that it was a coup.
 
The move was announced on the military television channel at 1:30pm (IST).
 
“The army aims to maintain peace, order and public safety for all groups and all parties,” a ticker running on the army’s television channel said. The military insisted that its assumption of responsibility for national security was not a coup.
 
“People are urged not to panic, and can carry on their business as usual. Declaring martial law is not a coup d’etat,” it said.
 
An army spokesman said that the imposition of martial law will have no impact on the caretaker government which remains in office. The announcement also granted the army wide-ranging powers to enforce its decision.
 
The military statement was signed by army chief Prayuth Chan-Ocha, citing a 1914 law that allows it to intervene during times of crisis.
 
Martial law comes after a long-running political crisis, and months of escalating tensions between the government and the Opposition. Anti-government protesters staged mass protests in recent days to topple the government.
 
The crisis deepened when a constitutional court removed Yingluck Shinawatra from her position as prime minister for abuse of power along with nine cabinet members.
 
The country has been without a proper functioning government since December and has failed to draw up a state budget after Yingluck dissolved the Lower House of Parliament.
 
The military, which has staged 11 successful coups since the end of absolute monarchy in 1932, also declared that all of the country’s radio and television stations must suspend their normal programmes “when it is needed''.
 
All Thai TV stations are being guarded by the military, Thai public television announced, showing pictures of soldiers and armoured vehicles taking positions outside broadcast facilities in the country’s capital. 

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Munjal Auto FY14 net profit up 21% on robust sales
For FY14, Munjal Auto reported higher net profit to Rs47.66 crore due to 14% growth in its sales 
 
Munjal Auto Industries Ltd, (Munjal Auto), an auto parts and equipment manufacturing company controlled by Munjals of Hero Group, reported higher full year net profit on robust sales.
 
For the 12 month to end-March, Munjal Auto said its net profit increased 21% to Rs47.66 crore from Rs39.49 crore while its total revenues, including sales, grew 14% to Rs816.47 crore from Rs717.33 crore in the  year ago period.
 
During FY14, the auto parts maker, said it expenses increased 13% to Rs765.09 crore from Rs674.97 crore a year ago period. However, it paid 23% lower tax of Rs1.73 crore compared with Rs2.25 crore it paid during the year ago period.
 
Munjal Auto's reserves and surplus increased 23% to Rs176.34 crore from Rs143.31 crore in the  year ago period. 
 
For the quarter to end-March, Munjal Auto said its net profit grew 15%  to Rs13.66 crore from Rs11.89 crore while its total revenues, including sales, grew 16% to Rs219.48 crore from Rs188.67 crore, same period last year.
 
Munjal Auto declared a final dividend of Rs2.5 per share.
 
At 2.47pm Tuesday, Munjal Auto was trading 6.2% higher at Rs63 on the BSE, while the S&P BSE Sensex was marginally up at 24,470. 
 
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