Maha govt agrees for judicial probe in Adarsh scam
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 09, 2010, 00:27
Nagpur: Maharashtra Government on Wednesday agreed to hold a judicial probe into Adarsh scam while outrightly rejecting the Opposition's demand for a Joint Legislative Committee (JLC) probe into the fraud.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan winding up the marathon discussion on the Adarsh scam, virtually admitted all the irregularities and lapses in the scam and announced to conduct a judicial probe into it.

Chavan, however, did not bow down to the Opposition's demand for a JLC.

The Committee will comprise two members -- a retired Supreme Court or High Court judge and an administrative officer of the rank of chief secretary, he told the winter session of Assembly underway in Nagpur.

The chief minister said the Committee will be constituted under the Commission of Inquiry Act. He also offered to accommodate all the suggestions and queries of Opposition in the probe.

Disciplinary action will be initiated against 21 bureaucrats directly or indirectly involved in the scam as per the provision of All India Service Rules of IAS, Chavan said, adding that it will cover even those who were involved in the decision process of allotment of flat to their family members.

On the missing papers from the file of Adarsh Society, Chavan said that the government has already initiated criminal proceedings and was carrying out electronic storing of documents to protect them.

Expressing his resentment over media coverage to the scam, the chief minister said the episode is like a media trial and the state government was considering to bring a code of conduct for media.


First Published: Thursday, December 09, 2010, 00:27

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