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Yet another setback for former chief minister

Former chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has suffered yet another political setback.

mumbai Updated: Feb 10, 2012 01:21 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Former chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has suffered yet another political setback.

His party, the Congress, could find it difficult to defend him in the Goregaon land allotment case if the opposition launches an attack on him. The verdict comes at a time when the Congress is making a serious bid to wrest control of the Mumbai civic body from the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance. The Congress fears that the issue could provide ammunition to the opposition, since it is about handing over public land in Mumbai to a private party. The remarks passed against Deshmukh in the case could also jeopardise his chances to return to the state as chief minister in the future.

Last year, Deshmukh was in the dock following the court's remarks in connection with the government shielding a moneylender in Vidarbha. Before that, he was in trouble over the Adarsh housing society scam.

Deshmukh had to quit in 2008 in an unceremonious manner after the 26/11 terror attacks.

Deshmukh did not respond to phone calls and text messages sent by Hindustan Times.

Meanwhile, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan told the media that the state administration would appeal against the verdict in case it was not in favour the government. "I understand that there was something amiss in a joint venture floated for the said institute. I will seek further information and get back to you."

Opposition leader in Legislative Council Vinod Tawde said that the opposition's stand had been vindicated. "I, along with my colleague Madhu Chavan, have been raising the issue for quite some time now. But every CM protected Vilasrao."

First Published: Feb 10, 2012 01:20 IST