- Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has approved the proposal to suspend Information Commissioner Deepak Deshpande after ACB raided his premises in connection with a corruption case.
- Maharashtra’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) last week searched Deshpande’s properties, including a bungalow in Aurangabad, in the ‘Maharashtra Sadan’ corruption case.
- ACB officials have claimed to have unearthed multiple houses, vehicles and gold owned by him, and assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.
- According to the ACB, Deshpande owns five homes in Aurangabad, where he is posted currently as Information Commissioner, three homes in Pune and one in Thane.
- Apart from five hectares of farmland in Aurangabad, a search at Deshpande’s homes also unearthed Rs 2.68 crore in cash and bonds, and Rs 50 lakh in three bank accounts.
- According to an FIR filed by the ACB, Deshpande is alleged to have helped get developer K S Chamankar’s proposal approved to build a regional transport office (RTO) in Andheri.
- Key accused Chhagan Bhujbal, former PWD minister, is alleged to have chaired a meeting in 2001 during which the proposal, which was previously rejected by the transport and home departments, was approved.
- Chamankar was subsequently awarded contracts to construct the ‘Maharashtra Sadan’ in New Delhi and a state government guest house in Malabar Hill area.
- Deshpande, a 1976-batch MPSC officer who holds an M Tech degree from IIT-Bombay, held positions in the PWD and the Maharashtra State Roads Development Corporation (MSRDC) and is also a member of the Institution of Engineers.
Source:PTI VT DK KND .