CBI moves HC seeking removal of Ashok Chavan's name from Adarsh scam FIR

The CBI has approached the Bombay High Court against the lower court's refusal to end the criminal prosecution of former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan in the Adarsh Housing Society scam.

The special CBI court, in January this year, had turned CBI's plea to drop Chavan's name from the First Information Report (FIR).

CBI had filed the application after Maharashtra Governor refused sanction to prosecute Chavan, on the ground that there was not much evidence against the Congress leader.

Ashok ChavanFormer Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan.

CBI's revision petition is likely to be heard by the High Court tomorrow.

Chavan had stepped down as the Chief Minister after the scam came to light in 2010.

CBI, in the FIR, had accused Chavan of approving additional floor space index for Adarsh in return for two flats for his relatives. He was also charged with illegally approving, as the revenue minister, allotment of 40 per cent of the flats to civilians when the society was allegedly meant only for Kargil war widows and defence personnel.

Chavan, who had stepped down as Maharashtra Chief Minister in 2010 after his name cropped up in the Adarsh Housing scam, filed nomination papers from Nanded Lok Sabha constituency on Wednesday.

Sonia defends Chavan's LS ticket, conscience clear: ex-Maha CM

New Delhi/Nanded: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday defended the decision to give a Lok Sabha ticket to scam-hit Ashok Chavan, a former Maharashtra Chief Minister, saying he has not been "barred" by any law from contesting polls.

The backing for Chavan came on a day when he filed his nomination papers from Nanded Lok Sabha constituency in Maharashtra after his candidature was announced by the Congress yesterday.

Chavan, who quit as Chief Minister in 2010 after his name cropped up in the Adarsh Housing scam, told reporters in Nanded he has done "no wrong" and that he has not been disqualified from contesting polls.

He also said his conscience was clear on the Adarsh issue.

At a press conference in Delhi for release of the Congress manifesto, Sonia brushed aside the controversy surrounding Chavan's nomination when she anwsered the question on the subject directed at Rahul Gandhi.

"The decision (to field Chavan in polls) has been taken by the Central Election Committee. As far as we know, Ashok Chavan has not been barred from contesting elections by any law or the Election Commission," she said.

"I will answer the question," Sonia said as a reporter asked Rahul about the contradiction between his tearing up the ordinance on convicted lawmakers and raising anti-corruption issues while giving ticket to Chavan.

BJP has challenged Rahul to explain how his party has nominated Chavan to contest the Lok Sabha elections.

"We are 100 per cent sure that we will win," Chavan said after filing the nomination in Nanded. Asked if his conscience was clear on the Adarsh issue, a senior leader from Maharashtra, said, "Yes. I am absolutely clear. I have done no wrong."

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