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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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Facebook Alerts People to Vote on Maharashtra, Haryana Poll Day

Google has also introduced a series of steps to urge the netizens and first-time users in the country to register to vote in the country

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FILE - The logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square, March 29, 2018. VOA

Facebook on Monday activated its election notification feature for India, requesting people to go out and vote for their candidates in the Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly polls and post that they have voted.

Voting started in Maharashtra for the 288-Assembly constituencies, while over 1.83 crore voters in BJP-ruled Haryana are to cast their votes to elect the 90-member legislative Assembly.

Facebook began sending notifications from the morning to its over 300 million users in India, saying “get information about voting and share that you’ve voted.”

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The social networking giant in April joined other social media companies in a voluntary code of ethics for the elections with the Election Commission of India (ECI).

It included measures like a dedicated communications channel for notice and take down after receiving valid legal order, processing of valid requests in the blackout period ahead of voting and voter education efforts.

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“Facebook recently launched two new products in India to help people learn about issues they care about and engage with candidates and elected officials in meaningful ways,” Facebook India Vice President and Managing Director Ajit Mohan said in a blog post.

“Candidate Connect” is designed to give voters accurate information and help people learn more about different candidates.

“Share You Voted” lets people share with friends that they’ve cast their ballots in the elections.

“The products have been customised, based on what we’ve learned from local research, including the community’s desire to hear directly from their candidates,” said Mohan.

Google has also introduced a series of steps to urge the netizens and first-time users in the country to register to vote in the country. (IANS)