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A special court Wednesday remanded two Maharashtra bureaucrats to CBI custody till April 12 in the Adarsh Housing Society scam, an official said.

Former municipal commissioner Jairaj Phatak and retired information commissioner Ramanand Tiwari were arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Tuesday.

The scam involves a prime plot in south Mumbai’s Colaba on which a 31-storey building was constructed by the society.

“Both, Phatak and Tiwari have been remanded to CBI custody till April 12. They were arrested after interrogation Tuesday,” a CBI official said.

Phatak was the municipal commissioner of Mumbai in 2010 when the height of the society’s building was allowed to be increased beyond 100 metres but without approval from the high-rise committee of the civic agency body. Phatak’s son has been allotted a flat in the society.

Tiwari’s son has also been allotted a flat in the building.

Last month, the CBI had arrested seven people in the case – Maj. Gen. (retd) A.R. Kumar, Maj. Gen. (retd) T.K. Kaul, IAS officer Pradeep Vyas, former Congress legislator Kanahiyalal Gidwani, retired defence estates officer R.C. Thakur, Brig.(retd) M.M. Wanchoo and former deputy secretary (Urban Development) P.V. Deshmukh.

All seven had been remanded to CBI custody, which ended Tuesday. They were remanded to judicial custody till April 17.

The CBI’s action last month had come after a Bombay High Court division bench of Justices P.B. Majmudar and R.D. Dhanuka questioned the agency for delaying the arrests in the case.

The court had on March 12 rapped the CBI for not initiating action against government officials involved in the scam.

The division bench had on Feb 28 also castigated the Enforcement Directorate for “serious lapse” in failing to initiate investigations against some Adarsh society members allegedly involved in money-laundering.



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