Ashok Chavan Claims He was not Heard by Adarsh Panel
Though it was obvious for former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan to be piqued by the adverse findings about him in the Adarsh commission report, Chavan has now written to the state government accusing the commission of not giving him an opportunity to present his side of the story.
In a letter to the Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Chief Secretary J S Saharia, Chavan said that the adverse remarks made against him was against the principal of natural justice and the provisions of the Commissions of Inquiry Act. Chavan has claimed that he had sought for an opportunity to present his case, the commission assured him of the same. However the commission reneged on its commitment and he was never got an opportunity to give his side of the story. Under section 8 b of the Commissions of Inquiry Act, Chavan was to be given a notice to present his case and produce evidence in his defense before proceeding to it indicted him.
The two member commission on Adarsh had concluded that Chavan's approval and clearances to Adarsh was an case of quid pro quo arrangement as his close relatives were alloted flats in the same.
Though Chavan declined to give an comment, sources in Mantralaya confirmed receiving the letter. It is not just Chavan who has made representation to the government, even the officials who have been named in the commission for their involvement in the progress of the Adarsh files have done so.
Even if Chavan's contention is held true, it only affects the Commission report and not the criminality in the case which is being pursued by the CBI and monitored by the High Court. Chavan continues to be accused in the case who along with others have been charge sheeted by the CBI.
Chavan and others are worried as the state government has accepted the Commission's conclusion that besides the lack of environment clearances, membership to the society was done on arbitrary manner lacking transparency and seven persons who gave approvals had done so on a quid pro quo basis.