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CBI to prosecute Ashok Chavan for Adarsh scam


Maharashtra: The Maharashtra Governor is again being approached by the CBI for seeking permission to prosecute the former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, who is linked with the Adarsh Housing Society corruption case.

CBI got “fresh evidence” against Chavan in the following case and approached Governor Vidyasagar Rao for the same. Earlier CBI had to close the case in December 2013 since the former Governor K Sankaranarayan refused for any further actions on the Adarsh Housing Scam.

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

Soon after the scam in 2010, Chavan had to resign. He was among those 12 people who were charge-sheeted by the agency with the case. CBI also supposed that Chavan suggested the inclusion of Civil members which were basically meant for the war veterans and defence personnel. CBI initially approached a trial court for dropping Chavan’s name as an accused on the ground that the governor refused to sanction the prosecution. But after the rejection from the court, the agency moved to Bombay High Court.

The petition was dismissed by CBI also observing that the Governor had refused the sanction for prosecution for conspiracy charges under the Indian Penal Code but said he can still be prosecuted under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The High Court said the charge sheet not only alleges conspiracy but it also refers to individual acts by Chavan when he was the Revenue Minister and later the Chief Minister.

“Charges levelled against Chavan for the alleged individual acts cannot go away only because the Governor has refused to grant sanction for prosecuting him for conspiracy and cheating,” Justice M L Tahaliyani said.(IANS)

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Khaleda Zia granted bail in 2008 corruption case

Khaleda is a two-time Bangladesh Prime Minister, having ruled from 1991-96 and again from 2001-06

Khaleeda Zia granted 64 months bail. IANS

Bangladesh Nationalist Party Chairperson Khaleda Zia, convicted in a corruption case, was granted bail on Monday.

BNP leader Zia secured a four-month bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case in which she was handed five years of imprisonment by a Bangladesh court.

“Now, there is no legal bar to let Khaleda walk out of prison on bail,” Bangladesh Daily Star quoted BNP Advocate Sagir Hossain Leon as saying.

Earlier today, a bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim passed the bail order in response to a petition moved by Khaleda before a high court back in February.

Her bail was considered on four grounds, including her health condition.

Further, the high court directed the concerned authority to prepare the paper book of the case within the next four months for hearing the appeal she filed against her conviction in the case.

The high court sentenced Zia’s eldest son and Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s (BNP) Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and four others for at least 10 years with a fine of 2.10 crore Bangladeshi takas (Tk).

The Anti-Corruption Commission had earlier filed a case in 2008 with Ramna Police Station, accusing six persons including Khaleda and her son Tarique.

Khaleda is a two-time Bangladesh Prime Minister, having ruled from 1991-96 and again from 2001-06.

In a political career spanning almost four decades, Khaleda went to the jail several times but was never convicted. She was detained several times during the anti-Ershad movement between the 1980s and 1990s.

In March 1983, she was made vice-chairperson of BNP after her husband and former Bangladesh President Ziaur was assassinated.

She went on to become the party’s chairperson in 1984, a position which she holds today. May 10, 1984.

Since the last three decades, Bangladeshi politics have been dominated by Zia and current Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

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