The BJP decided to do a Karnataka on the Congress in Maharashtra after senior BJP leaders met the governor seeking sanction to prosecute two former chief ministers of Maharashtra and both presently Union ministers, Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushilkumar Shinde, for their alleged involvement in the Adarsh scam.
The BJP has been fuming and has been looking to hit back after the governor of Karnataka and former law minister HR Bhardwaj sanctioned chief minister BS Yeddyurappa’s prosecution over corruption and land scam charges. The delegation of BJP leaders led by party national secretary Kirit Somaiya and former Union minister Ram Naik met the governor, K Sankaranarayanan, at Raj Bhavan on Friday.
“We requested the governor to accord sanction under Section 197, Chapter XIV of Code of Criminal Procedure, to prosecute both Deshmukh and Shinde,” said Somaiya.
The CBI, which filed a charge sheet in the Adarsh scam, had named 14 retired and serving bureaucrats, defence personnel and politicians as accused. Although the name of former chief minister Ashok Chavan is mentioned in the FIR, the names of two of his predecessors, Deshmukh and Shinde have been missing.
Adarsh was allotted land when Shinde was the chief minister and it was given more floor space index to a build 31-storey tower by changing the reservation of adjoining plots during Deshmukh’s tenure. “We want to know why both of them are being let off the hook,” Somaiya said.
A release issued by the governor’s office has said that the governor assured the delegation that he would examine the papers from legal perspective before taking any action in the matter.
The delegation further demanded that the fine of Rs10 lakh imposed by the Supreme Court on the state government for obstructing police action against a Congress legislator, allegedly at Deshmukh’s behest, be recovered from the Union minister.