Mumbai High Court in a recent judgement gave relief to Ashok Chavan, former Chief Minister of Maharashtra, who had to quit his position because of his alleged involvement in the Adarsh Housing Society scam. Allegations were made in which he had presumably overstepped the law and to acquire apartments in the society for his family. Allegations were made while he was functioning as the Revenue Minister between the years 1999 and 2004.
The apartments were not meant for people or ministers, but specifically for the family of Kargill war veterans. Among the allegations, there was the accusation that family members of the veterans were asked to sign the No objection Certificate for building the apartments in sensitive place in the area.
The scam got highlighted but no subsequent action was taken and the issue faded from the public consciousness until it was brought up again 2010, when several media publications and news outlets reported about the scam resulting in the resignation of Chavan from the post of Chief Minister of Gujarat.
Now that the Mumbai High Court has dismissed the Governors C Vidyasagar Rao sanction to prosecute Chavan in the case, CBI has faced a serious set back again, as yesterday the special court had decided to acquit A Raja from the 2G scam because of lack of evidence against him. A flurry of angry tweets from the public have questioned both decisions, asking if the accused are being let off the hook, then who exactly was responsible for the scams.
C. Vidyasagar, who, after seeking advice from the council of ministers, had decided that Chavan had to prosecuted. The report from the judicial commission on the case had also been discussed. It seems that two of the most controversial and talked about corruption scams in India are being drudged up to the media attention again, only, this time there is no person whom the court can prosecute.