ADARSH: PANEL REPORT MAY AID STATE TO ACT AGAINST CHAVAN
The state government is banking on the report of the two-member JA Patil commission to reopen the Adarsh case against Ashok Chavan, state Congress president and former chief minister.
Chavan on Thursday accused the BJP-led government of political vendetta for recommending to the governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao to give permission to prosecute him. The state cabinet recently recommended action against Chavan in response to a query to it from the governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao. Rao is considering the case afresh after his predecessor K Sankaranarayanan had refused the Central Bureau of Investigation sanction to prosecute Chavan in December 2013.
The BJP-led government’s reasoning is that the Patil Commission’s report was not considered by the investigation agency or Sankaranarayanan and it could thus be the basis of ‘fresh evidence’ for the CBI.
“We have recommended prosecution against Chavan to the governor. This report was tabled by the state government after the previous governor’s decision. As such its findings were not considered by CBI. The findings indicted Chavan for his role in the scam,’’ said a senior BJP minister. He added that the advocate general had said reopening the case was justified.
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