Ashok Chavan breather; HC sets aside sanction for prosecution in Adarsh scam
In a breather for the Congress party and also its prominent strategist Ashok Chavan, former Maharashtra Chief Minister, the Bombay High Court on December 22 set aside the sanction granted to the Central Bureau of Investigation by Maharashtra Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao to prosecute the senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan in the Adarsh housing society scam.
A division bench of Justices Ranjit More and Sadhana Jadhav ruled that though the CBI had claimed to be in possession of fresh evidence against Chavan at the time of seeking the sanction but it failed to present any fresh evidence.
The bench said the material presented by the CBI before Mr. Rao could not be converted into credible fresh evidence against Ashok Chavan.
The bench was hearing a petition filed by Ashok Chavan, challenging the sanction granted by the Governor in February 2016 to prosecute the former Chief Minister of Maharashtra under various sections of the IPC related to criminal conspiracy and cheating.
Ashok Chavan, currently the president of the Maharashtra unit of the Congress, had served as the Chief Minister between December 2008 and November 2010 before he was asked to step down on charges of corruption in the Adarsh scam. >