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Adarsh scam: Maha govt suspends info chief

Mumbai: The Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society scam in Mumbai has led to one more casualty. Maharashtra Government on Tuesday recommended the suspension of state Information Commissioner Ramanand Tiwari.

The proposal to suspend Tiwari will now be placed before the Governor of Maharashtra, K Sankaranarayanan.

Tiwari will not attend office till the inquiry into Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society scam concludes. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Cchavan said that a decision had been taken by the state Cabinet to suspend Tiwari.

Tiwari, whose son Omkar Tiwari has a flat in Adarsh society, reportedly withheld information on the controversial housing society. He was the secretary of Maharashtra Urban Development Department from 2000 to 2009 and is alleged to have played key role in his son’s membership with Adarsh Society.

Earlier, Tiwari had applied for a long leave of three months starting from January 7. But the leave application was rejected by the Governor.

Following preliminary enquiry of government’s general administrative department, the chief minister’s office had sought resignations from former IAS officers Ramanand Tiwari and Subhash Lalla.

Lalla resigned a few days ago but Tiwari has been defiant and had refused to resign.

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