Maharashtra govt partially accepts Adarsh report

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PRITHVIRAJ_CHAVANMUMBAI- The Maharashtra government on Thursday partially accepted the Adarsh housing scam report.

Chief minister Prithiviraj Chavan made the announcement at a press conference after a meeting of the state cabinet.

The stage for review was set after Rahul Gandhi last week disapproved the decision of the state government to reject the commission’s  report and said it should be reconsidered.

On December 27, in a press conference, Gandhi, when asked a question about the Maharashtra government’s decision to reject the report on the Adarsh Housing Society scam had said that it was his personal opinion that the ruling on the report needed to be revisited, and was all for action to be taken against those indicted. He also said that anybody connected to the scam shouldn’t be protected.

The Maharashtra government had on December 20 rejected the report of the judicial commission of inquiry on the Adarsh scam, tabled in the assembly.

The report of the two-member commission headed by retired High Court judge J A Patil indicted several politicians including four former chief ministers — Ashok Chavan, late Vilasrao Deshmuk,  Sushilkumar Shinde and Shivajirao Nilangekar Patil — for blatant violations of statutory provisions.  Several bureaucrats were also indicted in the report.

The origins of the scam go back to February 2002 when a request was made to the chief minister of Maharashtra to allot land in the heart of Mumbai for the construction of a housing complex for “the welfare of serving and retired personnel of the defence services”.

Over a period of ten years, top politicians, bureaucrats and military officers proceeded to bend several rules and perpetrate various acts of omission and commission in order to have the building constructed and then get themselves allotted flats on this premier property at artificially lowered prices.

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