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Mumbai: Relief for Ashok Chavan in Adarsh case


Mumbai, Dec 22 (PTI): The Bombay High Court today set aside the sanction granted to the CBI by Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao to prosecute senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan in the Adarsh housing society scam.

A division bench of Justices Ranjit More and Sadhana Jadhav ruled that though the CBI had claimed to be in possession of fresh evidence against Chavan at the time of seeking the sanction, it "failed to present any fresh evidence."

The bench said the material presented by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) before Governor Rao could not be converted into credible fresh evidence against Chavan.

"The sanctioning authority is an independent body that can't allow itself to be influenced by anyone's opinion," the court said.

The bench was hearing a petition filed by Chavan, challenging the sanction granted by the governor in February 2016 to prosecute the former chief minister of Maharashtra under various sections of the IPC related to criminal conspiracy and cheating, besides provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Chavan had challenged Rao's order in the high court, calling it "arbitrary, illegal and unjust" and passed with "malafide intentions".

Chavan, currently the president of the Maharashtra unit of the Congress, had served as the chief minister between December 2008 and November 2010 before he was asked to step down on charges of corruption in the Adarsh scam.

The CBI has accused Chavan of approving additional floor space index (FSI) for the Adarsh society in posh south Mumbai, and accepting two flats for his relatives in return when he was the chief minister.

He is also accused of illegally approving, as revenue minister earlier, allotment of 40 per cent of flats to civilians even though the society was originally meant for defence personnel.

The CBI had earlier told the HC that if Chavan's petition is allowed, it would amount to his acquittal, which would render the entire probe exercise futile.


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  • Swamy, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 22 2017

    To get clean chit under BJP ruled centre and from CBI, Special CBI and BJP ruled states HC proves beyond doubt all accused are innocent and have been falsely accused. BJP is quite aware of this fact and exploited this fragile opportunity just for time being as election campaign and fabricated story as they don't have any other concrete issues to malign congress. BJP is an automatic choice for any corruption, dongi, loot, scams because it is filled only with criminals, outlaws and murderers.

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  • Amith, USA

    Fri, Dec 22 2017

    The Great Trio, Atal Bihari Vajpaye, Lal Kisan Advani and MM Joshi have forseen the BJP next generation people's attitudes in handling of the party matters. That is the reason they have given the party name as BJP, ie : BHARATIYA JOOTA PARTY!!! Today it's a Very Very fitting name!!!! All three are really GRATE PEOPLE OF OUR TIME!!!!!

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  • Ajith, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 22 2017

    Aarnab has lost all credibility, He made a lot of noise on 2G, Adarsh , Shashi tharoor and many allegations only targeting the congress. I can vouch that he had a hidden agenda to malign congress and all the opposition parties and he was very successful in accomplishing it. Mr.Siddharamiah is undoubtedly one of the very best chief minister that Karnataka has seen. Arnab has not even said a good thing about him and was seen portraying him in a bad light. Now things are turning around and the truth finally prevails.

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  • NAGESH NAYAK, MANGALORE

    Fri, Dec 22 2017

    MOST CORRUPT PARTY IS NOW BJP...

    AMIT SHAH JAI HO JAI SHAH

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  • vivek, Hirebyle / Abu dhabi

    Fri, Dec 22 2017

    See .....there was no corruption......only lies by Modiji ???......

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  • Kiran D Souza, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 22 2017

    It's compliments from BJP to the Congress for making them won Elections in Gujarat. All convicted are free of any charges now... Yesterday 2G, today Adarsh, Tomorrow may be CWG Kalmadi.... Hence there is no corruption as per the Indian Judicial system.... So this Country should be in Guinness records for not being Corrupt.
    Central government doesn't keep it's promises, Baba Ramdev is busy selling Patanjali products, no time for him to ask any questions to the government regarding black money & corruption.
    How can anyone believe these type of Judicial system?

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  • Declan, Mumbai

    Fri, Dec 22 2017

    The last sentence of your comment :
    "How can anyone believe these type of Judicial system ?"
    This question should have been asked to BJP in 2002.

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  • HENRY MiSQUITH, Bahrain

    Fri, Dec 22 2017

    Vidya Sagar is another feku..

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Dec 22 2017

    Someone is collecting a lot of Bribes ...

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