Adarsh scam: MoD opposes Chavan petition in HC

The ministry of defence (MoD) filed an intervention application in Bombay High Court (HC) Friday opposing a petition filed by former CM Ashok Chavan seeking to quash a CBI FIR against him in the Adarsh housing society scam.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Mumbai | Updated: April 16, 2014 1:04 pm

The ministry of defence (MoD) filed an intervention application in Bombay High Court (HC) Friday opposing a petition filed by former CM Ashok Chavan seeking to quash a CBI FIR against him in the Adarsh housing society scam.

The ministry refuted the Chavan argument that CBI had no jurisdiction to probe the case as neither HC nor the Maharashtra government had asked it to.

MoD said CBI had jurisdiction to probe the scam as the ministry had forwarded a complaint to it.

Social worker Mahendra Singh,who had earlier filed a PIL asking HC to monitor the CBI investigation,filed another application Friday opposing the Chavan plea.

A division bench of justices P V Hardas and A R Joshi said it would hear arguments on whether the applications should be allowed on April 22.

Chavan had moved HC last year seeking to quash the CBI FIR saying he was falsely implicated by political rivals.

He and 12 others have been named in the CBI charge sheet in the scam for criminal conspiracy,cheating and criminal misconduct under IPC sections 120(B) and 420 and section 13(1) (d) of Prevention of Corruption Act.

Interceptor commissioned

A Coast Guard interceptor vessel fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment was commissioned at naval dockyard here Friday. “Patrolling by 30-metre-long boat,which has a maximum speed of 45 knots,will result in enhanced security along the coast of the state,” director general of Maharashtra poliec Sanjeev Dayal said.

The medium-range armament-fitted boat will involve in high-speed interception,coast patrolling,low-intensity maritime operations,search and rescue and maritime surveillance,he said. The interceptor will be based at Ratnagiri. It is the second in a series of 36 interceptors designed and built by L&T. The first was inducted at Porbandar in Gujarat a few months ago.

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