Mumbai: Congress leader Ashok Chavan on Monday alleged in the Mumbai High Court that the decision of the State governor in 2016 granting sanction to the CBI to prosecute him in the Adarsh housing society scam was politically motivated and biased.
Chavan’s counsel Amit Desai told a division bench of justices RV More and Sadhana Jadhav that while in December 2013, the then governor had refused to grant sanction to the CBI to prosecute him, the central probing agency later sought to review the order claiming change in circumstances and fresh material in the form of evidence.
“The February 2016 order passed by Governor C Vidyasagar Rao is motivated by change in political circumstances and not by any change in evidence. The order is politically biased and motivated,” Desai alleged. The bench was hearing a petition filed by Chavan challenging the governor’s decision.
In February last year, Rao had granted sanction to the CBI to prosecute Chavan for offences under IPC sections 120 (b)(criminal conspiracy) and 420 (cheating and under various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Desai argued that in December 2013, when the then Governor K Sankaranarayanan refused permission to sanction Chavan, the CBI accepted it and in January 2014 filed an application before the special CBI court seeking to delete Chavan’s name from the charge sheet. The High Court will continue with the hearing on Tuesday.