Adarsh: Gov­er­nor nod to pros­e­cute Ashok Cha­van

For­mer chief min­is­ter calls it rul­ing BJP’s ‘vin­dic­tive at­ti­tude’

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

In a ma­jor set­back to for­mer chief min­is­ter Ashok Cha­van, Maharashtra gov­er­nor Ch Vidyasagar Rao on Thurs­day gave per­mis­sion to the CBI to pros­e­cute him in the Adarsh hous­ing scam case. Cha­van was forced to step down as chief min­is­ter in Novem­ber 2010 af­ter it was re­vealed that three of his kin — sis­ter-in-law, mother-in-law and an un­cle of his wife — owned flats in the 31-storey build­ing at Co­laba.

The state Congress chief, how­ever, al­leged the rul­ing BJP’s “vin­dic­tive at­ti­tude” was be­hind the gov­er­nor’s grant of ap­proval to the in­ves­ti­gat­ing agency, which is prob­ing al­leged mal­prac­tices in con­struc­tion and al­lo­ca­tion of flats in the high-rise, which was meant for army of­fi­cers, war he­roes and wid­ows. “The grant of sanc­tion for pros­e­cu­tion and the CBI’s de­ci­sion to move the ap­pli­ca­tion has been done at the be­hest of the BJP,” he said. “There is no new ev­i­dence in the case. Be­fore for­mer gov­er­nor [K Sankara­narayanan] de­nied sanc­tion, he sought le­gal opin­ion from var­i­ous ex­perts in­clud­ing the so­lic­i­tor gen­eral af­ter scru­ti­n­is­ing the CBI charge sheet. We will con­test the de­ci­sion.”

The move comes a cou­ple of days af­ter the en­force­ment di­rec­torate’s (ED) ac­tion against se­nior NCP leader Chag­gan Bhu­jbal and his fam­ily in the Maharashtra Sadan case.

This has led to grow­ing spec­u­la­tion in political cir­cles that the BJP-led govern­ment is act­ing against its political op­po­nents. The govern­ment, how­ever, has de­nied any political mo­tive terming the ac­tions as a “nat­u­ral fol­low up to in­ves­ti­ga­tions”.

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