Maha govt agrees for judicial probe in Adarsh scam

Last Updated: Thursday, December 9, 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.


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First Published: Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 00:27

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