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Adarsh scam: Bombay High Court rejects CBI’s plea to drop former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan’s name

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  • The Bombay High Court on Wednesday rejected CBI’s plea to drop the name of former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan in Adarsh scam case.

    However, the court stayed implementation of its order for four weeks to allow CBI to appeal against it.

    CBI had filed a plea in Bombay High Court challenging a trial court’s order to drop Chavan’s name from the list of accused in Adarsh case.

    In its interim order two months ago, the high court had stayed Chavan’s prosecution until the CBI’s appeal is decided.

    The special CBI court, in January this year, had turned down CBI’s plea to drop Chavan’s name from the FIR after the then Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan refused sanction to prosecute him for want of evidence.

    Chavan had stepped down from the post of chief minister after the Adarsh scam came to light in 2010.

    CBI had accused him of approving additional floor space index for Adarsh housing society in South Mumbai in return for flats for his relatives.

    He was also charged with illegally approving, as state revenue minister, allotment of 40 per cent of flats to civilians though Adarsh Society was meant only for Kargil war widows and defence personnel.

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