A senior IAS officer, managing director of the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation, who was sent on forced leave following allegations of corruption, was reinstated after an inquiry committee appointed to examine the charges exonerated him.
Radheshyam Mopalwar resumed office on Tuesday, after the state government’s general administration department (GAD) issued orders for his reinstatement.
However, an Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) inquiry against Mopalwar continues. “The inquiry by the Anti-Corruption Bureau against Mopalwar in charges of amassing wealth beyond his known sources of income will continue,” a GAD source said.
In August this year, following allegations of corruption especially after a CD surfaced in which Mopalwar was heard demanding a bribe of Rs 1 crore, there was an uproar in the state legislative assembly, and the Opposition demanded Mopalwar’s suspension from service.
Following the furore, Mopalwar, who was handling Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s pet project, the Samruddhi Corridor – the Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway – was asked to go on leave by the chief minister, pending inquiry. Fadnavis appointed a three-member panel under the chairmanship of former chief secretary Johny Joseph to look into the allegations.
The committee submitted its report in November, and its report gave a clean cheat to Mopalwar, following which he has been reinstated.
A senior official from GAD said, “It was found that the CD in which Mopalwar was allegedly demanding Rs 1 crore was found to be tampered with by the state forensics laboratory. Besides this, there was another allegation that Mopalwar was made an accused by the CBI in the fake stamps case, which was also found to be untrue. Also, no irregularities were found in his dealings for the Samruddhi Corridor. And as far as the issue of amassing wealth beyond known sources of income is concerned, the committee felt there should be a detailed inquiry. As this inquiry [by the ACB] is already under way, it was felt that he can be reinstated into service.”
“Satish Mangle, the private detective from whom Mopalwar was allegedly heard demanding a bribe, had promised the committee that he would submit original tapes of his conversation with Mopalwar. But he never provided those,” the GAD official said.