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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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Ryan International School Murder Mystery Solved! 16-year-old Student who wanted exams Postponed Accused of Murder

The Haryana Police had earlier claimed that Pradhuman was killed by Ryan International School bus conductor Ashok Kumar inside the toilet as the boy resisted a bid to sodomise him.

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Murder mystery of the class 2 student at Ryan international school, Gurugram has finally been solved (representative image) IANS

Gurugram, November 8, 2017 : A 16-year-old student of Ryan International School in Gurugram who wanted exams and a scheduled meeting between teachers and parents delayed is the prime accused in the murder of Class 2 student Pradhuman Thakur, the CBI said on Wednesday.

CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said the Class 11 student was detained on Tuesday night after “inspection of the crime spot, scrutiny of CCTV footage, call records, statements and questioning of several people” revealed that he had carried a knife inside the school campus on the day of the crime and used it to kill his junior school mate.

“The weapon used in the commission of crime is a knife which was recovered initially by police in Gurugram (Haryana). It is now with us,” Dayal told reporters here.

He said the detained student was weak in studies and “wanted to have examination and parent-teacher meeting postponed”. Pradhuman, 7, was his random target.

The parents of the detained student were kept informed throughout the investigation, said the spokesperson for the Central Bureau of Investigation.

The CBI took over the case on September 22 from Haryana Police, nearly two weeks after the Class 2 boy was found with his throat slit in a bathroom of Ryan International School.

The accused will now be produced before the Juvenile Justice Board, where the court is expected to decide whether he is to be treated as a major or a minor as per the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.

The Haryana Police had earlier claimed that Pradhuman was killed by Ryan International School bus conductor Ashok Kumar inside the toilet as the boy resisted a bid to sodomise him.

While Ashok Kumar was arrested, Pradhuman’s parents and two other staffers have claimed that he was being made a scapegoat. (ians)

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