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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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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)