Adarsh probe report to be tabled in House today

Questions related to violation of rules are likely to be left unanswered by the government.

Written by Shubhangi Khapre | Mumbai | Published:December 20, 2013 2:49 am

The Maharashtra government will table the controversial Adarsh Commission report in the state legislature on Friday. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has convened a cabinet meeting in the morning to seek formal consent of ministers.

“A synopsis has been prepared that would be circulated with the actual report. The commission has recorded violation of rules by several senior bureaucrats and involvement of former chief ministers Sushil Kumar Shinde,Ashok Chavan and the late Vilasrao Deshmukh without giving a verdict of wrongdoing by them,” said a source in the CM’s office.

The interim report that said the Adarsh land belonged to the revenue department and the housing society was not exclusively for Kargil widows should provide a breather to Ashok Chavan. Sources said questions related to violation of rules and acquisition of flats for relatives were likely to be left unanswered by the government.

A day before the tabling of the report,political parties and leaders indicated the positions they may take in the legislature. Ashok Chavan,while speaking in the Assembly on water problems in Marathwada,launched a scathing attack on CM Prithviraj Chavan.

He said,“The courts are directing administrative functioning because the executive has failed. Politics is being played to deny Marathwada its rightful claim to water that is being usurped by western Maharashtra.”

As many as 48 MLAs cutting across party lines rallied behind Ashok Chavan,whose supporters have closed ranks in the past 24 hours and have been dismissing the Adarsh report as a ploy to thwart his political career. Ashok Chavan,anticipating that the report would be tabled,has parked himself at Vidarbha Bhawan for the past week.

The CMO,however,said: “There is no political motive to table the Adarsh report. The government has given an undertaking in court.”

Some Congress and NCP ministers argued,“There was no reason to commit on submitting the report in the court.”

Till late Thursday evening,several groups were trying to keep the report out of the legislature. Some said it should be given to the Assembly speaker and chairman of the Council and only a synopsis be circulated.

State BJP president Devendra Fadnavis moved a breach of privilege against Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan for his failure to table the report within six months. Fadnavis said: “The Inquiry of Commission Act (1956) mandates the Adarsh report should have been placed within six months after it was submitted to the government. The deadline was October 19,2013.”

The BJP has also decided to challenge the governor’s decision to not allow CBI to prosecute Ashok Chavan. Fadnavis said: “Yes,we are going to move the Supreme Court challenging the governor’s decision.”

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