Govt still dragging feet on tabling Adarsh report

Will miss the Oct 19 deadline yet again as it is non-committal on the issue; BJP demands a special session

Govt still dragging feet on tabling Adarsh report

Mumbai : Despite promises made by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, the Govt is once again going to miss the deadline for tabling the Adarsh commission reports.

While leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council, Vinod Tawde demanded a special session, the Chief Secretary claimed that tabling the report was not mandatory.
The deadline for tabling the Justice J A Patil inquiry commission report which investigated the Adarsh housing society scam expires on October 19. The report along with the Action to be-Taken-Report (ATR) is to be tabled before state legislature. The report was submitted to Chief Secretary Jayant Kumar Banthia in April this year. It was expected that the report along with the ATR would be tabled in the monsoon session that lasted for a month during July. But the government ditched and delayed the tabling of the report.
The interim report of this commission was tabled before state legislature on April 17, 2012. As the Congress and NCP are not willing to tell the truth on this scam, it is clear that the report is not likely to be tabled. Chief Secretary Banthia set the tone and said it was not mandatory to table the report in six months. “There is no statute book that says it is mandatory to submit the report in six months,’’ Banthia said.
Raising the issue, Tawde demanded a special session of the legislature. He also met Governor K. Sankarnarayanan to request him to ask the government for convening a special session to table the ATR.
Referring to a clause in the Indian Constitution, he said it is necessary for the state government to table the ATR on the Adarsh scam within six months from the date it was submitted to the government on April 19 this year.
The two-member judicial commission probing the scam had submitted the ATR report to the state government in April this year.
Therefore, the government should table the report and also hold a discussion on it,” Tawde said.

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