Mumbai, Apr 9 UNI | 4 months ago

The Bombay High Court today asked Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to explain to the court as to why the investigation agency needed a sanction for prosecuting former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavhan in the Adarsh Society scam.

The court was hearing a plea moved by the CBI, after the trial court refused to delete the name of Chavan from the First Information Report filed against the accused persons in the scam.

Chavan and 12 others were booked under Section 120(b) of the Indian Penal Code for criminal conspiracy and under various charges of corruption under the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act.

Advocate Hiten Venegaonkar, while arguing on behalf of CBI, told the court that sanction to prosecute under IPC was required as Chavan was a sitting MLA and former Chief Minister and Revenue Minister at the time when the alleged offence was committed. The court then issued a notice to Chavan and state government and posted the petition for hearing on June 10.

(Posted on 09-04-2014)