IAS officer remanded to police custody for misuse of power
THE TIMES OF INDIA, Date; 09-04-1999, (P-9)

MUMBAI: An IAS officer C.D. Patil has been remanded to 14 days police custody by a local court for alleged misuse of power in allotment of a house.

Mr. Patil, a former joint chief officer of the Repair and Reconstruction Board of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA), was arrested from Santa Cruz Airport at midnight on April 6.

According to the remand application, a 772 sq ft flat in a building at Dadar in northeast Mumbai was fraudulently allotted to one Abdul Essaq in December last in connivance with Mr. Patil and other co-accused in the case.

The MHADA authorities had received a "confidential letter" against Mr. Essaq for cheating MHADA and obtaining the allotment of the flat valued at Rs. 40 lakh by producing bogus affidavits, it said.

The application said the flat was offered to Mr. Essaqs mother Fatimabai, whose Bhindi Bazar flat was demolished in August, 1979, following a "vacation notice" from the authorities.

There were two sub-tenants, usman Lasunwala and Gulam Batatwala, in the Bhindi Bazar flat of Fatimabai, it said. However, in November 1998, MHADA received a letter from Me. Essaq, requesting allotment of the Dadar flat to him claiming that he was the only legal heir as his mother died and the sub-tenants relinquished their rights.

Following this, a meeting of the master list committee of MHADA was held in the cabin of Mr. Patil where the allotment of the flat to Mr. Essaq was cleared with Mr. Patil allegedly influencing the committee members to pass the tenement in favour of Mr. Essaq, the remand application said.

N.Kelkar, a co-accused and auditor at MHADA, along with another accused prepared notings, documents for completing formalities and handed over possession of the flat to Mr. Essaq by accepting Fs. 1,84,607 as the official amount for allotment of the flat.

However an inquiry was initiated when the MHADA authorities received a letter on April 4 this year from the heirs of the sub-tenants claiming a share in the flat and declaring that the signatures on the documents had been forged. Mr. Kelkar was arrested on April 6.