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Adarsh scam: CBI gets nod to prosecute Ashok Chavan

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By Syona Sachdeva

New Delhi: In a major development, Vidyasagar Rao, Maharashtra Governor on Thursday sanctioned the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to prosecute Ashok Chavan, senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister for alleged involvement in the Adarsh scam.

The CBI approached the Governor after getting ‘fresh evidence’ against the  former Chief Minister.

The Adarsh housing scam case was earlier closed in December 2013 when the then Governor K Sankaranarayan refused the sanction to prosecute Chavan.

Chavan had earlier said, “the BJP Government is using CBI for political vendetta. We will make our next move considering legal recourse available.”

Adarsh Housing Society is a posh building constructed for the welfare of war widows and India’s Ministry of Defense personnel but over the years, politicians, bureaucrats, and military officers secretly bent the rules regarding the ownership of flats.

The scam erupted in 2010 forcing the Chief Minister to resign from his post.

Lack of sanction for prosecution compelled the CBI to approach approached the trial court. But the refusal by the CBI court led the agency to move to Bombay High Court.

The High Court too dismissed CBI’s application last November observing that the Governor refused sanction for prosecution on conspiracy charges under the Indian Penal Code but the former Chief Minister could still be prosecuted under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

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Kanishk Gold Directors Questioned in Loan Fraud Case

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A Central Bureau of Investigation official told IANS: "Questioning of KGPL Directors Bhoopesh Kumar Jain and Neeta Jain is being carried out at our Bengaluru office." Pixabay

The CBI on Thursday said that it was questioning the directors of Kanishk Gold Pvt. Ltd. (KGPL) in connection with its ongoing probe into the alleged defrauding a consortium of 14 banks led by the SBI to the tune of Rs 824 crore.

Bhoopesh and Neeta Jain had arrived here on Wednesday evening, according to the official.

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The agency also conducted searches at KGPL’s office as well as official and residential premise of accused persons at various places in Chennai. Pixabay

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The questioning comes in the wake of the case it registered against the Chennai-based jeweller on Wednesday for defrauding the consortium of Rs 824.15 crore in the form of loans, now been declared a non-performing asset (NPA). IANS

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