Mumbai: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has approached Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao seeking permission to prosecute former CM and state Congress chief Ashok Chavan in the Adarsh scam.
The CBI wants to initiate criminal proceedings against Chavan in view of the fresh evidence against him in the multi-crore scam, a TOI report said.
Importantly, in 2013, then Governor K Sankaranarayanan had rejected a similar plea by the CBI. The Governor in his order had stated that no prima facie case can be made out against Chavan.
Later, Chavan's lawyers had approached the Bombay High Court asking for Chavan's name to be dropped from the list of accused in the case. The court rejected the plea.
After the BJP came to power in 2014, a number of BJP leaders, including MP Kirit Somaiyya had sought further probe against Chavan, leading to the CBI now wanting to prosecute Chavan.