Industry minister Narayan Rane, on Wednesday, shot back at the Opposition demanding his resignation, alleging that the son and the daughter-in-law of Sena
leader Subhash Desai were present in the rave party raided by the police near Khalapur in June.
On Tuesday, the Opposition accused Rane of expediting the Adarsh proposal in its initial stages.
They quoted the deposition of a deputy secretary before the inquiry commission, that Rane endorsed a letter from the Adarsh society seeking a plot in Colaba.
Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan had defended Rane in the legislative council. “The government has taken the Adarsh issue seriously and has formed a judicial commission to look into the issue. Just an officer mentioning a minister’s name does not mean he is guilty,” Chavan said.
He appealed to the opposition that they should not politicise the issue and the state will fully support the remaining probe.
Ridiculing the opposition for staging a walkout, Rane said, “There are many matters of public interest like rave parties. But when such subjects
come up, you don’t protest,” he said.
Rane also named singer Abhijit Sawant as a guest at the party. “I will ensure the three are booked by the police,” he said.
On June 26, 241 boys and 49 girls were arrested at Mount View Resort near Khalapur in Raigad district for drug abuse. An inspector attached with the Mumbai narcotics cell, Anil Jadhav, alleged to have supplied drugs to the hosts, was arrested and suspended from service.
Desai dismissed Rane’s allegations as an effort to divert attention from the Adarsh issue.
“My son and others named were not in the party. Otherwise they would have been arrested,” he said, adding that Rane should now run for cover as the Adarsh issue is all set to end his political career.
Clarifying his role in the scam, Rane said he did not clear any file as the chief minister in 1999 but merely wrote a remark on a letter by the society
promoters as a routine procedure.