ADARSH: PANEL RE­PORT MAY AID STATE TO ACT AGAINST CHA­VAN

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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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