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PRITHVIRAJ CHAVAN DECLINES TO COMMENT ON RESIGNATIONS OF RAMANAND TIWARI AND SUBHASH LALA INVOLVED IN ADARSH SOCIETY SCAM

cm-prithviraj-chavan-1Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan declined to comment on reports that former state bureaucrats Ramanand Tiwari and Subhash Lala had refused to quit their present posts after being asked by the state government for their alleged involvement in the Adarsh Housing scam. Addressing the media after the weekly cabinet meeting, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan declined to comment on reports that former state bureaucrats Ramanand Tiwari and Subhash Lala had refused to quit their present posts after being asked by the state government for their alleged involvement in the Adarsh Housing scam. The Chief Secretary J P Dange was asked to meet them to elicit certain information. The Chief Minister only told the media that they were in the process of taking information and he will not comment any further on it. To a question on his statement published in a Mumbai-based daily that Ramanand Tiwari and Subhash Lala had been asked to resign on moral grounds and the government will start the legal process of their removal if they fail to quit, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said that may be he was wrongly quoted as he had never said such a thing. Ramanand Tiwari, currently the State Information Commissioner, was the State Urban Development Secretary while Subhash Lala, who is presently State Human Rights Commission member, was secretary in the Chief Minister’s office when the Adarsh housing society file was being processed in Mantralaya. Families of both former bureaucrats own flats in the controversial society situated in the posh Colaba area of South Mumbai. It may be recalled that during the Nagpur winter session the Chief Minister had assured of a judicial enquiry in the scam. When asked who will head the probe committee into the Adarsh scam which he had announced in Nagpur, Prithviraj Chavan said the government will shortly take a decision. To a question on the controversy over removal of statue of Dadoji Konddev, considered guru of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj from Lal Mahal in Pune, the Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said the decision was taken by the Pune Municipal Corporation and that he is seeking information into the issue. With cameraperson Raju Sharma, bureau report – NMTV News.

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