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Chavan denies making statements against Shinde, Vilasrao; says he was misquoted

Oct 14, 2014 11:00 PM IST Politics Politics

Mumbai: Former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has denied making statements to The Telegraph that sparked a controversy. In an interview, Chavan is said to have admitted that he failed to act against former chief ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sushil Kumar Shinde and Ashok Chavan in the Adarsh housing scam.

The newspaper quoted Chavan as saying that had he sent the top three Congressmen to jail, the party would have been decimated in the last elections.

Chavan has now said that he was misquoted.

"I was misquoted and certain parts in the interview are out of context," the Congress leader said.

In the published piece, Chavan also reportedly said that he did not order an inquiry against the irrigation scam involving NCP leader Ajit Pawar to keep the Congress-NCP alliance intact.