Mumbai :  He was called the ‘miracle man’ after he turned around Thane city to unbelievable heights, but at the risk of rubbing several politicians the wrong way. Now, as Thane Municipal corporation Commissioner R A Rajeev has been transferred to Mantralaya with a key responsibility of Principal Secretary of Environment department.

In an administrative reshuffle, state Government on Tuesday transferred eight senior bureaucrats.. Rajeev will replace incumbent environment secretary Valsa Nair Singh who is assigned the charge as Additional Commissioner of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). Rajeev had shocked political circles by registering an offence of water theft against a construction firm owned by Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik. Since then  Rajeev and Sarnaik have been at loggerheads for over a year. Sarnaik used all his power as MLA and Assembly to corner Rajeev. He tried to bring a privilege motion against him. Sarnaik also accused Rajeev of illegally drawing water from a river at Badlapur for his farmhouse.

After a heated debate on this issue, state government announced a departmental inquiry against Rajeev. His transfer has been termed as a routine one, but apparently it may be linked to a meeting Shiv Sena leaders Manohar Joshi and others had with Chief Minister Pritviraj Chavan. Rajeev is currently on Uttarakhand relief mission.

Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran Member Secretary Radheshyam Mopalwar is transferred as Konkan Division Commissioner and Nashik ZP additional CEO P V Bandsode as CEO of Hingoli Zilla Parishad. Santosh Kumar, who is on training oversees, is replacing Mopalwar.

Mary Neelima Kerketta who was on Central deputation in Jharkhand, has been transferred as Project Officer of the Maharashtra Agricultural Competitiveness Project in Pune.

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