Mumbai: Newly-appointed Maharashtra State Congress president and former chief minister Ashok Chavan faced a setback on Wednesday with the Bombay High Court rejecting his review petition to drop his name from a charge-sheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the trial court on the Adarsh housing society scam.
In January last year, CBI had filed a petition in the Bombay high court requesting it to drop the name of Chavan from charge-sheet as the then governor of the state K. Shankarnarayanan had rejected CBI’s request to grant sanction to prosecute Chavan, who was a legislator then.
However, in November, the high court’s single judge bench rejected CBI’s application, after which Chavan filed a review petition.
Adarsh is a controversial 31-storied building in the posh south Mumbai locality of Colaba. The plot for the building was originally reserved for a building meant for widows of Kargil martyrs and retired defence personnel, but several bureaucrats and politicians were also allotted flats in the building. Besides this, promoters of Adarsh housing society are alleged to have violated several environment protection norms.
Chavan had to step down as chief minister in October 2010 after allegations that he had given some crucial permissions to the Adarsh society in his earlier role as revenue minister, and got flats for his sister-in-law, mother-in-law and wife’s uncle in return.