Adarsh Scam: Maharashtra Governor refuses sanction to prosecute former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan
Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan has refused sanction to CBI to prosecute former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan in the Adarsh housing scam, leaving the agency with no choice but to close the case against him
Chavan, who had to resign from the post of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra after the scam surfaced, was among the 12 who were charge sheeted by the agency in connection with the case.
The former Chief Minister had challenged his inclusion in the charge sheet, saying no sanction for prosecution was taken from the Governor whereas CBI countered it by saying since he was a former Minister at the time of being charge sheeted, there was no need for sanction.
The court, however, directed the agency to get the sanction for prosecution. Later, CBI approached the Governor seeking the sanction which was rejected even though the agency had made a detailed submission for it.
"We do not have any legal remedy now. It is for the court to look into the matter," CBI Director Ranjit Sinha told PTI. Agency sources said it is not the first time that cases against powerful ministers have been dropped due to lack of sanction from the competent authorities.
In the Taj Corridor case, then UP Governor TV Rajeswar had rejected CBI's plea for charge sheeting Mayawati which led to dropping of charges against her.
Similarly, in the Letter of Credit (LoC) scam, the then Assam Governor S K Sinha had declined CBI's case to prosecute former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta.