Former state chief minister Ashok Chavan has approached the Bombay high court seeking to quash the cheating and corruption case registered against him by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the multi-crore Adarsh housing society scam.
Chavan and 12 others have been charge sheeted by CBI in the Adarsh scam. The charge sheet had alleged that Chavan had sought induction of civilians in the housing society, meant for Kargil war heroes and widows, so that his relatives could apply for membership to the society.
It was also alleged that, in order to make changes in the development plan, former MLC KL Gidwani, retired Defence estate officer and chief promoter of the society, RC Thakur and retired Brigadier MM Wanchu had met Chavan, the then revenue minister, in June 2000.
In his petition, Chavan has reiterated the stand taken by the state government that CBI does not have jurisdiction to probe the matter, as the state has not given its consent. “The CBI in the present case has transgressed into the exclusive domain of the state and the state police,” the petition states.
Chavan further states that he has been wrongly named in the FIR and that there is a political conspiracy to keep him out of public affairs. The former minister has also sought the court to restrict CBI from initiating any action against him.
“The allegation that the applicant (Chavan) had asked for civilians to be included in Adarsh society has been made with an ulterior motive. The society had decided to induct civilians as members in 1999 itself," the petition claims. It further states that allotment of land to the society and approval of membership occurred a year after Chavan ceased to be revenue minister.
Chavan’s late mother-in-law Bhagwati Sharma, sister-in-law Seema Sharma and father-in-law's brother Madanlal Sharma have flats in the society.
According to CBI, Chavan misused his official position twice - first as revenue minister and then as chief minister - to show undue favour to the society.