Doing away with the need for gubernatorial sanction, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) may move for former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan’s prosecution in Mumbai’s multi-crore Adarsh housing scam case under Prevention of Corruption (PC) act for alleged misconduct.
A Mumbai special court had last month rejected CBI’s request to drop Chavan’s name from its first case chargesheet of July 2012, which levelled charges of alleged cheating and criminal conspiracy against him. The CBI’s request had come after Maharashtra’s governor refused to grant sanction for his prosecution under section 197 of Criminal Procedure Code. CBI had not sought the sanction under section 19 of the PC act.
“Under the PC act, we may not need the governor’s prior sanction,” said a CBI source.
The source said, “The Mumbai court had also said that he can be tried under the PC act since he has been accused of criminal misconduct. The court rejected the request since his petition challenging CBI’s jurisdiction in probing the Adarsh case is yet to be disposed by the High Court.”