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Chitale panel given free hand: Tatkare

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, August 02, 2013
First Published: 15:18 IST(2/8/2013) | Last Updated: 15:21 IST(2/8/2013)

The state government dismissed the opposition’s demand to place the Chitale commission, which is probing the Rs. 70,000-crore irrigation scam, under the Commission of Inquiry Act.

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The demand was made by Vinod Tawde, leader of the opposition, in the legislative council.

“When you claim to be clean and have not indulged in any corruption, why are you afraid of placing this commission under the Commission of Inquiry act,” Tawde asked.

This step would have ensured a quasi-judicial status to the commission and conferred it the powers to search and summon witnesses and record their statements.

The Adarsh commission, which is probing the matter, has such powers.

However, this demand was turned down by Sunil Tatkare, water resources minister, who said the Chitale commission had been given a free hand.

“They have the power to cover all the irrigation projects and they can ask for any files or details regarding irrigation projects,” Tatkare said.

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