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HC rejects CBI’s plea to drop Ashok Chavan’s name as accused in Adarsh scam

Ashok-Chavan (2)The Bombay High Court on Wednesday rejected CBI’s plea to drop former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan’s name as an accused in Adarsh Housing Society scam.

Chavan stepped down as the chief minister after the Adarsh scam came to light in 2010. He was accused of approving additional floor space index for the society in south Mumbai in return for flats for his relatives.

He was also charged with illegally approving, as the revenue minister, allotment of 40 per cent of flats to civilians, though the society was initially meant only for Kargil war widows and defence personnel.

Chavan’s mother-in-law Bhagvati Sharma, sister-in-law Seema Sharma and father-in-law’s brother Madanlal Sharma have flats in the society.

CBI had filed chargesheet against the former chief minister and 12 others for criminal conspiracy, cheating and criminal misconduct under Indian Penal Code and also under Prevention of Corruption Act.

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