Mumbai : BJP MP Kirit Somaiya on Wednesday met Governor CH. Vidyasagar Rao and urged him to act on the report of the Justice J A Patil Commission on the Adarsha scam.
“The commission has submitted the report to the State government and it too has accepted the report, then why the government is not acting on the report,” Somaiya has asked in a statement given to the Governor.
“The report has passed harsh comments on the accused and recommended action against 13 of them under the criminal proceedings. Then why the State government has not taken any action as yet,” Somaiya has asked, pointing out that the former chief minister Ashok Chavan’s name appears in the report and hence it becomes necessary that the action be initiated immediately.
It may be recalled that the State government had appointed a two-member judicial commission under retired Bombay High Court judge J A Patil on January 9, 2011. Commission submitted its final report to the State government in April 2013. The report indicted four former chief ministers: Ashok Chavan, Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sushilkumar Shinde and Shivajirao Nilangekar Patil, 2 former urban development ministers: Rajesh Tope and Sunil Tatkare and 12 top bureaucrats.
State government deliberately adopted delay tactics and did not table the report in the assembly till there was a query from the High Court. The report was ultimately tabled in the assembly’s winter session in 2013 December. Then the cabinet under Prithviraj Chavan conveniently rejected the report, only to accept it partially after Rahul and Sonia Gandhi publicly disapproved the cabinet action.
It was decided that the 12 officials named in the report will face departmental inquiry for violating the service conduct rules but appeared going soft on politicians named by the commission for political patronage. The cabinet has also decided to initiate proceedings against 22 benami transactions.