Mumbai, Dec 22: Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan on Friday said that truth prevailed in response to Bombay High Court’s order against his prosecution in Adarsh Society scam. “The truth has ultimately prevailed. We always had full faith in the country’s judiciary,” Chavan told media. Chavan further said that the alleged scandal was used by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to malign the image of Congress party around 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
The Bombay High Court on Friday set aside the sanction accorded by Maharashtra Governor C V Rao to prosecute Ashok Chavan in the Adarsh Society scam. The main ground for the court’s decision was that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) failed to present any fresh evidence against Chavan while seeking the sanction from the Governor to prosecute him.
In February 2016, Governor Rao had granted sanction to prosecute Chavan on various charges including criminal conspiracy, cheating and misuse of powers, in the Adarsh Society scam. Incidentally, the previous governor K. Sankaranarayanan had declined the sanction in 2013, but after three years it was granted by Rao, which was challenged by Chavan.
Following the revelations in the scam and its political fallout with the opposition BJP-Shiv Sena — which is now ruling the state — Chavan had resigned as Chief Minister in November 2010.
What is the Adarsh scam all about?
Adarsh society was originally supposed to be six-floor residential complex, where houses would be allotted only to the Kargil war widows. The project began in the year 2000. The scam came to light in 2010 when it was found that the six-storey project was deliberately changed into a 31-storey mega-complex, since houses were also being sold at below par prices to kin of bureaucrats and politicians. As per the report of Patil Commission, at least 25 allotments were illegal, whereas, 22 houses were sold to relatives of influential politicians through proxy deals.
(With agency inputs)