New Delhi/Mumbai: BJP today hit out at the Maharashtra Cabinet for trying to bury the truth in the Adarsh Housing scam in the manner the JPC did in the 2G spectrum scam and targeted Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.
“The JPC buried the 2G scandal. The Maharashtra Cabinet buries the Adarsh fraud. (But) Can truth be ever buried?” Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said on Twitter.
Jaitley’s comment came after the Cabinet of the Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra rejected the report of a judicial commission, which was probing the Adarsh scam which had led to the resignation of then Chief Minister Ashok Chavan in 2010.
Ashok Chavan’s predecessors, late Vilasrao Deshmukh and Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, were questioned by the judicial commission in the case.
In the 2G spectrum case, BJP has alleged Congress altered the report of the Joint Parliamentary Committee(JPC) on the scam by removing portions of the dissent note filed by its party members. They had written to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar asking her not to accept the report.
The report said 25 of 102 members of the housing society were ineligible and there were 22 cases of benami transactions of flats. Among those ineligible for flats inthe 31-storey building in Colaba are Ashok Chavan’s relatives, it said.
“The corrupt face of Congress-NCP has been exposed, with the government rejecting the report,” Maharashtra stateBJP president Devendra Fadnavis told reporters in Mumbai.
“By rejecting this report, Chavan, who was brought to Maharashtra, as a clean person, has shown that he is also a part of this corruption, along with other three former chief ministers who have been named as corrupt by this report,” Fadnavis said.
Asked about the BJP’s strategy to counter the state government on the Adarsh issue, Fadnavis said, “We are exploring all legal options. We will go to the court against the corrupt and also to the people, because ultimately, after rejection of this report, people know the facts. We will expose Congress and NCP before the people”.
The Congress and the NCP seem to have colluded, to reject the Adarsh report, the BJP leader said.
To a query about Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan’s reported refusal to permit the CBI to prosecute Ashok Chavan for the Adarsh scam, Fadnavis said, “So far, we haven’t got any information officially on whether the governor gave permission or not”.
“However, if he has indeed not given permission, the BJP will definitely explore all legal options. We will fight till the high court and Supreme Court to ensure that the guilty are punished,” he said.