Adarsh scam: Ajit Pawar blames CM for delay in probe report

The CBI last year filed a chargesheet in the scam against all 14 accused - including former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan, senior ex-Army officials and top bureaucrats.

MUMBAI: Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar blamed the state chief minister, Prithviraj Chavan for the delay in tabling the report on Adarsh scam, CNN IBN reports.

"I was told by CM to say that Adarsh report will be tabled by session end," TV reports quoted Pawar.

Pawar's claims come as opposition demand tabling of the probe report in the Maharashtra Assembly.

The Central Bureau of Investigation last year filed a chargesheet in the Adarsh housing scam against all 14 accused - including former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan, senior ex-Army officials and top bureaucrats.

Chavan had earlier pushed the blame for the Adarsh housing society scam onto his predecessors Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushil Kumar Shinde when he deposed before the quasi-judicial panel on June 30.

Chavan said the decision to allot land to the controversial 31-storey tower at the upscale Colaba area in south Mumbai was within the purview of the then-CMs, and not that of the revenue minister, the post he had held at the time.

Unconfirmed reports say the probe panel investigating the scam gave clean chit to all the three former CMs including Chavan, who quit in the light of the scam in November 2010, but has nailed senior bureaucrats who gave various clearances to the society.

More ministers hold benami flats?


A day before the state is expected to table its probe report into the Adarsh scam in the state legislature, senior BJP legislator Devendra Fadnavis alleged that other than the three former chief ministers in the dock, there are more current and former ministers who had grabbed flats in the society for themselves or their kin.

Speaking in the state assembly on Thursday, Fadnavis alleged that the politicians had used proxy owners to get benami flats in the society, and said the money trail into payments for these flats validated this. Fadnavis further alleged that cash transfers through a long chain of accounts had been made to people officially listed as flat owners. (With inputs from agencies)

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