Another jolt for Chavan: HC refuses to drop his name from Adarsh list

Mumbai :  The Bombay High Court has further refused to drop the name of former chief minister Ashok Chavan in the Adarsh scam. The court has stayed the order for six weeks after Chavan submitted that he has not been heard on all grounds.

This means that the criminal case against Chavan will not proceed before the trial court till further orders by the High Court.

Justice M L Tahaliyani on November 19 had rejected the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) plea to drop Chavan’s name. The judge had further stayed the order.

On Thursday the matter came up before Justice Sadhana Jadhav who had declined the hearing. The case went to the division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice B P Colabawalla before whom Chavan’s counsel Advocate Amit Desai sought an order to be heard before an appropriate bench. The court agreed that the order by Justice Tahaliyani contained references to legal questions which were not raised during argument.

In 2012, the CBI charge-sheeted Chavan who had been accused of granting some approvals to the Adarsh society as quid pro quo for allotment of flats to his relatives, while he was the revenue minister and subsequently chief minister of the state. He has also been charged with illegally approving 40 percent of flats to civilians although the society was meant only for Kargil war widows and defence personnel. Chavan had to step down after the scam came to light in 2010.

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