Bowing to pressure from Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, the Maharashtra government on Thursday partially accepted the findings of a report submitted by the commission probing the Adarsh housing society scam. The government had previously rejected the findings. It was only after criticism by Rahul and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi that the Congress-NCP government went into a huddle for close to four-and-a-half hours on Thursday to reconsider the report.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan’s government tried to wriggle its way out of the embarrassing findings of the panel by nailing only the bureaucrats, while sparing the politicians who have been named in the report.
The Adarsh report had categorically named six politicians—former chief minister Ashok Chavan, Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar, Sunil Tatkare and Rajesh Tope—of according patronage to beneficiaries of the scam. The government has decided not to initiate any action against the six politicians, claiming that the commission had not made a conclusion about a cognisable offence being made out against them. While Vilasrao Deshmukh is no more, Ashok Chavan has already been charge-sheeted in the case by the Central Bureau of Investigation. Both Tatkare and Tope, who belong to NCP, were given a clean chit on ground that they were Ministers of State and had not handled the concerned file.
Speaking to media-persons after partially accepting the findings, Chavan said: “Having their names appear in the report does not mean they are indicted. As for the others, as the CBI has already lodged an FIR there will not be a need for a second FIR.”