Never expected this,says Chavan

Claiming that he was “surprised” at his name being included in the Adarsh chargesheet,former chief minister Ashok Chavan said the scam

Written by Kavitha Iyer | Mumbai | Published: July 5, 2012 3:22:12 am

Claiming that he was “surprised” at his name being included in the Adarsh chargesheet,former chief minister Ashok Chavan said the scam and the probe had been blown out of proportion. “Today’s development is unexpected and unfortunate,” he told The Indian Express.

Stating he was involved neither in the allotment of land nor in deciding who can be given membership in the society,Chavan said,“This entire Adarsh Society issue is merely an administrative issue that has been blown out of proportion.”

Chavan denied suggestions of political pressure on the state government to oppose the CBI probe. Asked whether the state’s opposition to the CBI probe was politically motivated,he said,“These are actually legal questions… The provisions of law must be considered.”

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan reiterated the state’s stand on Wednesday,telling reporters the government has not sought the CBI inquiry. “This affidavit is in line with the Home Department’s earlier affidavit,” he said,adding the government is not,however,opposed to an investigation of any irregularities.

Ashok Chavan also said the day’s development was an effort by his political opponents to malign his image. Asked if he had not expected or been given indication that he may be chargesheeted,he said he never guessed during the interrogation or later that the CBI would take this step. “However,I have faith in the country’s judiciary and I am confident that I will come out clean.”

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