Cong steers clear of Ashok Chavan's name in CBI FIR on Adarsh

Congress on Saturday kept at arms length the issue of former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan's name figuring in an FIR in the Adarsh scam, saying it is a process and law will take its own course.
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Updated on Jan 29, 2011 09:38 PM IST
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Congress on Saturday kept at arms length the issue of former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan's name figuring in an FIR in the Adarsh scam, saying it is a process and law will take its own course.

"It'a legal process. Law is taking its own course. Law should take its own course and we do hope law will take its own course," party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed told reporters.

He was responding to questions on CBI naming three senior retired Army officers, an ex-Collector and 10 others among the 13 accused and mentioning Chavan in an FIR in the scam registered today.

CBI had declined to disclose whether Chavan, who had to resign in the wake of the housing scandal, figures as an accused or is mentioned in the FIR otherwise. Some sources in the agency maintained he was among the accused but this was not officially confirmed.

Asked about the controversy over the appointment of P J Thomas as Central Vigilance Commissioner, Ahmed said the matter is between the court and the government.

"Our stand is same. It is not the decision of Congress. A government panel of three eminent persons decided to appoint him. It is a matter between the government and the Court. A party comments on some decision of the court but it is not appropriate for a political party to comment on day-to-day proceedings," Ahmed said.

Asked whether the case was an embarrassment to the party, Ahmed replied in negative, adding, the government will provide all documents regarding his appointment to the court. "In its wisdom, the Supreme Court will decide how to proceed into the matter and everybody would abide by it," he said.

The spokesperson also asked opposition BJP "not to give daily commentary" on court proceedings into the issue.

On senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj's decision to file an affidavit in the SC countering the government's claim that records on the corruption case against Thomas were not with the selection panel, Ahmed said, "everybody has a right to approach the court. When she files it, it will be on the court to decide whether he affidavit has merits or not."

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