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Adarsh: CBI plea on Chavan rejected

New Delhi, Jan 18 : A special court on Saturday rejected an application filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) seeking to drop former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan's name from the list of the accused in the Adarsh scam.


The CBI on Wednesday had filed the application.

The Maharashtra cabinet on Jan 2 partially accepted the report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Adarsh scam, reports said.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Pritviraj Chavan said legal action will be initiated against 25 ineligible members of the housing society.

He said that no separate FIRs will be filed by Maharashtra government against those figuring in CBI FIR or chargesheet.

He said that in case of political patronage mentioned in Adarsh panel report, no criminality was revealed.

"In case of political patronage, the commission did not draw the conclusion that they indulged in a criminal act," chief minister Prithviraj Chavan told reporters after the cabinet meeting.

The CBI had chargesheeted 13 in the scam, including Ashok Chavan, but Maharashtra governor K Sankarnarayanan denied the federal investigating agency any permission to prosecute him.

Adarsh, the 30-storey apartment building, housing many top level defence officials, was built on a disputed army land at Colaba in Mumbai and it was alleged that the flats meant for the families of the Kargil martyrs were allotted to top defence officials and kins of politicians.

--IBNS (Posted on 18-01-2014)

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