Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao has given sanction to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to prosecute former chief minister Ashok Chavan in connection with the Adarsh Housing Society scam.
“Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao today gave his sanction to CBI to prosecute former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan, under section 197 of CrPC, for offences under sections 120-B (conspiracy) and 420 (cheating) of IPC in the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society case,” an official in the Governor’s office said.
Ashok Chavan was forced to step down as the Chief Minister in November, 2010. CBI says three of his relatives were allotted apartments in the 30-storey building meant for Army veterans.
The CBI sought sanction for Chavan’s prosecution on the basis of the report of Justice Patil Commission of Enquiry and the observations of the Bombay High Court.
The Congress called it an unfortunate incident.
“BJP is worried. Instead of following promises they made to people of Maharashtra, they are using CBI. It’s extremely unfortunate,” said Congress leader RPN Singh at a press conference.
BJP MP Kirit Somaiya welcomed the decision.
“I am thankful that they accepted my evidence. I am sure Ashok Chavan is guilty,” he said.
NCP leader and Senior Advocate Majeed Memon said that grant of sanction is a legal exercise and not a political one.
“From the past few days it seems governor’s office is intruding with political motive. Congress can challenge the sanction and can fight it out in the court.” Said Memon
Chavan’s mother-in-law Bhagvati Sharma, sister-in-law Seema Sharma and father-in-law’s brother Madanlal Sharma have flats in the society. All of them have been held ineligible by the judicial panel to own flats in the society.
With inputs from Agencies