Mumbai: The Bombay High Court will on Friday hear former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan's plea in connection with the Adarsh Housing Society case. Chavan had sought quashing of the FIR lodged against him in the case arguing that he was falsely implicated by political rivals. At the last hearing on April 1, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had opposed Chavan's petition.
The Congress leader's plea also claimed that the CBI has no jurisdiction to probe the case, as neither the High Court nor the Maharashtra government had asked it to take over the case. The High Court had, earlier, sought replies from both the state and the CBI.
The CBI, in its reply-affidavit on April 1, had said that Chavan, as the chief minister, granted "undue favours" to Adarsh Society, in return for which his relatives were allotted three flats. Chavan also asked the society to take 40 per cent members from civilian category, when it was originally meant only for war veterans, the CBI had alleged, adding that the Congress leader played a key role in the scam.
Chavan's mother-in-law Bhagvati Sharma, sister-in-law Seema Sharma and father-in-law's brother Madanlal Sharma have flats in the society. The CBI has filed chargesheet against the former chief minister and 12 others for criminal conspiracy, cheating and criminal misconduct under Indian Penal Code and also under Prevention of Corruption Act.
(With additional information from PTI)