Adarsh case: Guv refuses sanction to prosecute Chavan

Maharashtra governor K Sankaranarayana 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 chargesheeted 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 said.

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, the then UP governor TV Rajeswar had rejected CBI's plea

for chargesheeting Mayawati, which led to dropping of charges against her.

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