The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday told the Bombay high court that validity of the Governor’s February 2016 order granting sanction to prosecute former chief minister Ashok Chavan in the Adarsh housing society scam case can only be tested in the trial court.
The agency said this while the HC was hearing a petition filed by Chavan challenging the governor’s order. “The trial court will have to determine if there was enough material to review the earlier order, if the material was sufficient and relevant to grant sanction to prosecute or not,” said additional solicitor general Anil Singh.
In February 2016, Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao reviewed the December 2013 order of the then Governor K Shankarnarayanan and granted sanction to prosecute Chavan in the scam.
The Congress leader contended that the decision to review the December 2013 decision was politically motivated and biased and that there was no additional material warranting review of the decision. His counsel also argued that the 2016 order was motivated by change in political circumstances and not by any change in material aspects of the case.
As carried in HT on 28/9/2017