Embroiled in a controversy over his reported remarks about his predecessors and the Adarsh society scam, former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday expressed "regrets", saying it was an inadvertent mistake.
"It happened inadvertently. My chat after the interview was recorded. It was a mistake. I have expressed my regrets. What happened was wrong," he told reporters on the sidelines of an event in Pune.
In an interview to an English daily, Chavan was quoted as saying that had he initiated action against his predecessors (former Chief Ministers) Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sushil Kumar Shinde and Ashok Chavan in the Adarsh case, the party would have been decimated in Maharashtra.
He had subsequently claimed that he had been "misquoted", before expressing the regret on Thursday.