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Governor turns down CBI plea to prosecute ex-CM Ashok Chavan

Cabinet meet today to place report in winter session.

Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan has turned down the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI’s) plea to allow prosecution of former chief minister Ashok Chavan in the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society scam.

While the reasons for not granting prosecution sanction were not explained,the agency is left with no choice but to close the case against the former Chief Minister.

Ashok Chavan,who had to resign after the scam surfaced, was among the 12 chargesheeted.

“We do not have any legal remedy now. It is for the court to look into the matter,” CBI Director Ranjit Sinha told PTI.

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Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Harshvardhan Patil refused to comment.

Drawing a parallel to the Uttar Pradesh Taj Corridor case,a senior functionary in the Maharashtra government said: “In Uttar Pradesh,the governor had turned down CBI’s request for prosecution against former chief minister Mayawati for the Taj Corridor case.”

The development comes a day before the state government decision to convene a Cabinet meeting on Thursday to take a formal decision on placing the Adarsh report in winter session of the state legislature.

Sources in the government said the Chief Minister was planning to place the report before the Cabinet on Thursday morning.

“It would pave the way for placing the report in the Assembly. However,there is ambiguity over whether the government will place the action taken report along with the Adarsh report,” said a source.

Earlier,Opposition leaders of both Houses raised the matter questioning the basis on which the Governor denied CBI permission to prosecute Ashok Chavan.

State BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis said,“The government is certainly engaged in the cover-up exercise to protect the former Chief Minister. They will have to explain the reasons for disallowing further proceedings against him.”

In the chargesheet,Ashok Chavan had been accused of misusing his powers to approve additional floor space index to Adarsh Housing Society allegedly in lieu of two flats for his relatives.

However,in the interim report tabled last year,the Adarsh Commission had given the former Chief Minister a clean chit.

With PTI