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Chavan plea on having name dropped from Adarsh case rejected

Chavan plea on having name dropped from Adarsh case rejected
In a blow to former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday dismissed his appeal to recall an earlier order refusing to delete his name from the multi-crore Adarsh Housing Society scam case.

Justice M L Tahaliyani refused to grant any relief to the senior Congress leader.

Chavan had filed a petition in December last year seeking to recall an order passed by Justice Tahaliyani refusing CBI the permission to drop his name from the Adarsh case.

The order refusing to recall his earlier ruling implies that Chavan will now face prosecution under the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly misusing his official position to grant favours to the Adarsh society.

Chavan had earlier pleaded that certain observations in the order were on the points which had not been argued and he had not got the opportunity to address these.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had first approached the trial court seeking to drop Chavan’s name as an accused on the ground that the Governor had refused to sanction his prosecution. As the CBI court rejected it, the agency moved the HC.

CM Fadnavis has dinner at farmer’s house; spends night

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis spent last night at a farmer’s house in a village in Vidarbha’s Yavatmal district.

Fadnavis had visited three villages in Yavatmal on Tuesday to review the causes behind suicides of farmers, according to an official release issued here on Wednesday. After meeting farmers’ widows at Pimpri Buti village, he had dinner at a farmer’s house and spent the night there, the release said.

Fadnavis said that a survey would be conducted, based on which financial relief would be given to farmers and peasants whose crops were damaged due to unseasonal rains. He said that earlier it was declared that farmers who received government aid for crops lost during the Kharif season would not be given help for their recent losses due to unseasonal rains.
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