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.