Mumbai: The Bharatiya Janata Party has demanded Maharashtra Governor be recalled for his decision not to prosecute former chief minister Ashok Chavan in the Adarsh housing society scam. Governor K Sankaranarayanan had exercised his report not to prosecute Chavan even after Adarsh commission report indicted the former chief minister along with 22 others in the housing scam.
Justice JA Patil, the author of the Adarsh commission report, has provided details of the role played by several former CM and bureaucrats for personal benefit. However, his report was turned down by the state government.
In an interview with CNN-IBN, Patil even said that he was knew his report will be rejected by the Maharashtra government as it indicts several senior Congress leaders in the scam. Since the beginning we knew, with all of our findings, the govt was not going to like our conclusions," said Patil.
At a time when Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is pitching corruption as 'the biggest issue bleeding people,' the Congress is finding it difficult to live down its rejection of the Adarsh report. The Congress' rejection of this damning report undermines Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan who has taken on alleged corruption in irrigation by ministers belonging to ally NCP.
Terming Adarsh as a shameless tale of blatant violations of rules, the commission expressed "deep regret" over the "greed, nepotism and favouritism" involved in the scam. The commission report has indicted former chief ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Ashok Chavan, Shivajirao Nilangekar and fromer UD ministers Sunil Tatkare and Rajesh Tope for giving 'political patronage to Adarsh.
Shinde has been accused of showing "undue haste" and overlooking objections raised by the Finance Department with regards to the allotment of land. The report states that there was a nexus between the acts of Ashok Chavan and the benefit derived by his close relatives in the membership process.
As many as 25 of the 102 members including relatives of Ashok Chavan, former speaker Babsaheb Kupekar, BJP MP Ajay Sancheti's son Abhay Sancheti and Devyani Khobragade have been found to be ineligible for membership. The report has also found 22 instances of benmai transactions in the housing scam.