Adarsh scam: Ex BMC commissioner under CBI scanner; raided

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Mumbai, Mar 15: The investigation in Adarsh Housing scam, which has unveiled many Indian babus so far, continues. As a recent move by the investigating agency, the residences of of former Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation commissioner Jairaj Phatak in Delhi and Mumbai were raided on Tuesday, Mar 15.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) stated that the Phatak was the BMC commissioner when illegal permission was given to the society to increase the height of the building.

The Adarsh housing society was originally meant to be a six-storey structure to house Kargil War heroes and their kin but was later extended to 31 floors without mandatory permission.

CBI also acquired permission from Union Power Ministry to interrogate Pathak regarding his alleged role in the Mumbai Housing scam.

The investigative agency has so far filed FIR against several people including former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan over their tainted roles in the Adarsh Housing scam.

Recently, a senior official from Democratic Front government stated, "We will be paying Rs 1.6 lakh each to the presiding officer and member of the commission. In addition, we have deployed more than two officials of different ranks to assist the commission. Further, we will have to pay huge fees to the commission's lawyers."

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