Today, Maharashtra cabinet accepted the Adarsh commission report in a meeting where chief minister Prithviraj Chavan discussed the report with top bureaucrats. The government will be forming a committee to decide further action. The opposition had stepped up its attack by filing a police complaint against the indicted politicians and bureaucrats.As per Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s wish, Chavan is expected to seek the cabinet’s views on steps to be taken before reviewing the commission’s report. However, he is in a spot as a section in his party wants him to allow escape routes for his three predecessors named in the report.The bureaucrats, too, have petitioned the government citing injustice by the justice JA Patil judicial commission.A cautious Chavan, hence, had an hour-long discussion with chief secretary JS Saharia and his two secretaries about the legal aspects and objections raised by the parties indicted, including the Adarsh housing society.
All the parties have accused the commission of recording prejudiced observations and drawing inaccurate conclusions.In another development on Wednesday, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kirit Somaiya filed an application with the Marine Drive police asking them to register a criminal case against alleged conspirators in the Adarsh scam.He submitted a set of documents of investigations that we re conducted by other enforcement/investigative agencies in the case.Somaiya has named former chief minister Ashok Chavan, union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde and others, against whom the Central Bureau of Investigation has filed a charge sheet, in his complaint.
He said he would move the court if the police failed to register his complaint.“We have received the application and the documents and will probe on the line before registering any case,” said Rajendra Patil, inspector of Marine Drive police station.Meanwhile, a section of Congress leaders blamed the Adarsh fiasco on the chief minister.“Chavan could have avoided embarrassment by refusing a probe by a judicial commission three years ago. Many in the party still believe that he is responsible for the mess, which is too tricky to handle for him and the party,” said a senior party minister.