Adarsh panel indicts former CMs, Maharashtra cabinet rejects report
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The Adarsh Commission report, tabled in the legislative assembly on Friday, the last day of the winter session, has said that former chief minister Ashok Chavan gave permissions to the cooperative housing society as quid pro quo for two flats allotted to his relatives.
The report has also named three other former chief ministers, Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sushil Kumar Shinde — who is now the union home minister — and Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar for extending political patronage to Adarsh.
"Adarsh project would not have come into existence without the politicians' patronage it received right from the beginning," the report said.
The Maharashtra government, however, rejected the report at a cabinet meeting in the morning. The three-line Action Taken Report tabled by it said, "Out of the 13 terms of reference, the government accepts only two that said land belonged to state government and not Centre. And that the Adarsh project was not for housing the Kargil war heroes."
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan gave no reason for the rejection beyond saying the cabinet had taken a "unanimous decision" and that there was "consensus". "The report encompassing the critical role of politicians and a dozen bureaucrats has been rejected," he said.
The report of the two-member commission chaired by retired high court judge J A Patil indicted state Minister for Water Resources Sunil Tatkare and Minister for Higher and Technical Education Rajesh Tope — both belonging to Congress ally Nationalist Congress Party — for misusing their political positions to promote the Adarsh project.
The report has found 25 of the 102 beneficiaries to be ineligible for the ownership of the flats. Among them is Devyani Khobragade, the Indian diplomat currently at the centre of a noisy diplomatic row between India and the US, former Maharashtra speaker Babasaheb Kupekar, former Shiv Sena MP Suresh Prabhu and three relatives of Ashok Chavan.
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