Mumbai, May 21 UNI | 2 months ago

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has reinstated suspended IAS officers Jairaj Phatak and Pradeep Vyas, who are accused in cases related to the Adarsh housing society scam, as departmental charges are yet to be framed against them.

The two IAS officers were suspended in the wake of Adarsh housing scam.

Former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, who had to vacate the post in the wake of Adarsh housing scam, was recently elected to the Lok Sabha from Nanded and was one of the two seats which Congress won out of 48 in the state.

In January this year, the state had accepted recommendation by the two-member judicial commission probing the scam of initiating a departmental probe against Phatak, Vyas and 10 other current and retired officials.

On Monday, nearly 26 months after the two were suspended, Mr Chavan reinstated Phatak, a former Mumbai municipal commissioner, and Vyas,former finance secretary.

Mr Chavan justified the move by citing All India Civil Services rules, which contain provisions stating that an official could not be placed under suspension beyond two years without an explicit approval in this regard from the Centre.

A three-member Civil Services Board headed by state Chief Secretary JS Saharia recommended their reinstatement.

Mr Saharia said the two would not be assigned plum postings since a 2011 resolution advocates 'non-executive assignments' till the pendency of inquiry.

Mr Phatak said, "I am willing to accept whatever post is offered to me."

(Posted on 22-05-2014)