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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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PM Modi Slammed for “Destroying” CBI: Congress on Alok Verma’s Case

The Congress on Tuesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the Supreme Court reinstated Alok Verma as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director, saying he has been exposed for "destroying" the premier investigating agency.

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The Congress on Tuesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the Supreme Court reinstated Alok Verma as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director, saying he has been exposed for “destroying” the premier investigating agency.

“Modi adds another first to his list. After being the first Prime Minister to be exposed destroying the CBI before the Supreme Court, after having ruined the CVC’s (Central Vigilance Commission) credibility (requiring supervision by former SC judge), Modi has now become first Prime Minister to have his illegal orders set aside by the Supreme Court,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said in a series of tweets.

His remarks came soon after the Supreme Court judgment pronounced on a plea by Verma and NGO Common Cause challenging the government’s decision on the intervening night of October 23-24 to divest Verma of his charge as head of the investigating agency.

Reminding Modi that the government comes and goes but the integrity of the institutions survive, Surjewala hoped that the judgement would be a “lesson” to the Prime Minister about the strength of country’s democracy and the Constitution.

“Modiji please remember, governments have come and gone. Integrity of our institutions have survived. Let this be a lesson to you about the strength of our democracy and the Constitution. Let this be a lesson that howsoever despotic you may be, law catches up in the end,” he said.

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Firing salvo at Prime Minister, the Congress leader said: “After making CBI Chief suffer the consequences of your illegal decision for three months, will you show the courage to return three months of lost tenure? Unless you are afraid of investigation into Rafale scam.

“Modi equals to ‘Muzzling of Democratic Institutions’. First, you lose four economic advisors in a row including two RBI Governors. Second, four Supreme Court judges go public on Judge (B.H.) Loya, then you destroy credibility and competence of the CBI and CVC. This is your model of ‘minimum governance, maximum government’,” he added.

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Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi questioned the Supreme Court verdict asking what has changed now.

“Before the Supreme Court verdict; Alok Verma didn’t have powers of CBI Chief, couldn’t take any decision on policy or investigation. After Supreme Court verdict: Ditto,” Singhvi tweeted. (IANS)