Mumbai: Former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has been indicted along with other leaders in the Adarsh Commission report which was tabled in the Maharasthra Assembly on Friday. Other prominent politicians include Sushilkumar Shinde and Vilasrao Deshmukh who the reports claims facilitated the illegal allotment of flats.
The much-awaited report by the two-member Commission probing the alleged Adarsh Housing Society scam did not find an easy entry into the state Assembly. Earlier in the day, the Maharshtra cabinet had failed to reach consensus on tabling the report that give its findings on the complicity of former chief ministers and bureaucrats accused of granting undue favours to the society.
This led to protests from opposition with members of the BJP tearing down a replica of the building that has come to be known as the tower of deceit. "This report shows people in the government were greedy," said BJP leader Vindo Tawde.
Seven people including former chief minister Ashok Chavan have been indicted in the report. Report concludes that the accused benefited in a quid pro quo with the society. It states that the procedure to grant members lacked transparency and that as many as 25 of the 102 members are ineligible for membership.
The report claims that two relatives of Ashok Chavan were also involved in the scam. Also, former speaker Babsaheb Kupekar, BJP MP Ajay Sancheti's son Abhay Sancheti and Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade are among those found ineligible. Importantly, the judicial commission has found 22 instances of benami transactions in the housing scam.
The report states that former CMs Sushilkumar Shinde, Vilasrao Deshmukh and Shivajirao Nilangekar gave 'patronage' to Adarsh. It also states that the society did not have the requisite CRZ clearance mandatory for buildings.
Sensing opportunity, the BJP has gone all out to target the Congress. "The JPC buried the 2G scandal. The Maharashtra Cabinet buries the Adarsh fraud. Can truth be ever buried?," tweeted Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitely.
Chief Minsiter Prithviraj Chavan who had taken over the state as part operation image clean up in the wake of the scam evaded questions on just why did the cabinet reject the report.
While the report has no bearing on the legal case, the CBI itself received a set back when the governor earlier this week declined sanction to prosecute former Chavan who is one of the 13 people chargesheeted, paving the way for him to return to the political centre stage.