In a move aimed at cornering the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday met officials of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and asked them why the roles of former chief ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushilkumar Shinde in the Adarsh scam are not being probed.
“The CBI’s first information report [FIR] states Ashok Chavan’s name, but why is the agency not taking action against Deshmukh and Shinde in whose tenures the scam occurred,” senior BJP leader Kirit Somaiya said. Somaiya and other BJP leaders met the CBI’s deputy inspector general Pravin Salunkhe to voice their issues.
The BJP also questioned why all the bureaucrats, who had been charged in the scam, were still holding office. “The CM was forced to resign but why are these officials, who have been named, still latching on to their chairs,” BJP leader Atul Shah said.
The CBI filed the FIR on Saturday naming 14 retired and serving bureaucrats, defence personnel and politicians as accused. Chavan is the only politician named in the FIR. Deshmukh and Shinde have not been named in the FIR.
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.
The BJP’s decision to target the two ex-CMs stems from the party’s attempt to put pressure on the already-embarrassed Congress. The BJP is already fuming at what it sees as the Congress’s game plan to target its chief minister in Karnataka.
The governor of Karnataka and former law minister HR Bhardwaj has sanctioned chief minister BS Yeddyurappa’s prosecution over corruption and land scandal charges.