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CBI may net Chavan in Adarsh case

With chargesheet into the Adarsh Housing Society scam likely to be filed by Tuesday, there are possibilities that the former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan might figure in it.

The chargesheet by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), according to sources, has made a point-wise rebuttal of Chavan's defence made before a two-member judicial commission, constituted by the state government to look into the matter.

Chavan had blamed his bureaucrats, especially then principal secretary for all the irregularities. He had said that he was guided by the official and never took any decision on his own. The CBI, however, insists that the documents show that on 2 June 2000, Adarsh society members met Chavan when he agreed on 40 per cent possession for civilians in the housing society. Accordingly, Chavan's family also got apartments in the same society.

Chavan maintained that he was not aware that the land was in possession of the army, to which the CBI has responded by saying that Chavan was fully aware of the fact because he sought a no objection certificate from the army.

Chavan also says that the letter of intent was signed in good faith and he did not read it fully before signing it. However, the CBI believes that his explanation is acceptable on legal grounds. Moreover, the possession of flats in the Adarsh society itself proved his 'mala fide' intention.

The scam had fuelled a political storm in Maharashtra that led to the resignation of Chavan as chief minister. He is among the 14 accused in the case in which the union ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushilkumar Shinde are also under the scanner and whom Chavan has blamed to defend himself.

According to official sources, a chargesheet would be filed on Tuesday, a day before the case comes up before the Bombay high court, which is hearing a bunch of public interest litigations seeking the court's supervision of the probe.
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