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Relief for Ashok Chavan: Won't face prosecution in Adarsh scam, says HC

The bench said the material presented by CBI before Governor Rao could not be converted into credible fresh evidence against Chavan

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Relief for Ashok Chavan: Won't face prosecution in Adarsh scam, says HC

The on Friday set aside the sanction granted to the by to prosecute senior in the A division bench of Justices Ranjit More and Sadhana Jadhav ruled that though the had claimed to be in possession of fresh evidence against Chavan at the time of seeking the sanction, it "failed to present any fresh evidence." The bench said the material presented by the (CBI) before Rao could not be converted into credible fresh evidence against Chavan. "The sanctioning authority is an independent body that can't allow itself to be influenced by anyone's opinion," the said. The bench was hearing a petition filed by Chavan, challenging the sanction granted by the in February 2016 to prosecute the former of under various sections of the IPC related to criminal conspiracy and cheating, besides provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Chavan had challenged Rao's order in the high court, calling it "arbitrary, illegal and unjust" and passed with "malafide intentions". Chavan, currently the president of the unit of the Congress, had served as the between December 2008 and November 2010 before he was asked to step down on charges of corruption in the The has accused Chavan of approving additional floor space index (FSI) for the in posh south and accepting two flats for his relatives in return when he was the He is also accused of illegally approving, as earlier, allotment of 40 per cent of flats to civilians even though the society was originally meant for defence personnel. The had earlier told the HC that if Chavan's petition is allowed, it would amount to his acquittal, which would render the entire probe exercise futile.

First Published: Fri, December 22 2017. 12:50 IST
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