Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Ashok Chavan gave undue favours to Adarsh: CBI

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan allegedly showed undue favours to scam-hit Adarsh Housing Society and asked its managing committee members to make recommendations for allowing 40 per cent allocation for civilians, according to the FIR lodged by CBI.
The FIR details, which came out on Tuesday, alleged Chavan, during his tenure as Revenue Minister, became a part of an alleged criminal conspiracy along with other accused R C Thakur, Brig (retd) M M Wanchoo and Congress leader K L Gidwani as he proposed to the trio to pass a letter recommending 40 per cent flats for society.
CBI alleged Chavan abused his official position with an ulterior motive of getting flats for his relatives.

After he became Chief Minister, CBI alleged that in 2009, he gave 15 per cent concession for recreation ground which was earlier not allowed by the previous government.

When contacted, Chavan refused to comment and said he was still awaiting a formal copy of the FIR.
CBI has approached the Centre to provide sanction to prosecute a senior Maharashtra IAS officer in connection with the Adarsh Housing scam for allegedly giving approval to increase in the height of the building without following the laid down norms.
The FIR has mentioned name of Jairaj Moreshwar Phatak, a 1978 batch IAS officer, after the list of 13 accused and said that he was not named as an accused in the case as he was a Joint Secretary rank officer for which the agency needs to take persmission from the Centre.

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