Probe in Adarsh scam has slowed down: Chavan

The probe in the Adarsh housing scam has "slowed down", Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has said.

Last Updated: Oct 26, 2011, 10:42 AM IST

Mumbai: The probe in the Adarsh housing scam
has "slowed down", Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj
Chavan has said.

The CBI and the two-man commission appointed by the
state government are probing the alleged irregularities in the
project.

"CBI was supposed to inquire into the ownership of the
land. It has been slowed down," he told reporters here
yesterday.

Stating that he would request the Commission, headed by
retired High Court Justice J A Patil, to expedite the probe,
Chavan admitted it would be difficult to set a time frame.

"The Commission has been given an extension. A time limit
cannot be set," he said.

Asked about his meeting with his predecessor Ashok Chavan
in Nanded, the Chief Minister said it was "no secret meeting".

"I was to meet local MLAs to discuss development issues
at the circuit house. Ashok Chavan called to invite me to his
house for tea and the MLAs` meeting was held at his house," he
said.

On the upcoming local bodies elections, Chavan warned
that attempts would be made to harm the social and political
fabric of the state.

"We have to be cautious," he added.

He said transportation corridors, water and housing
facilities are some of the long term projects being planned
for Mumbai.

Chavan, who completes a year in office next month,
rejected criticism that decision making in his tenure has
slowed down.

"This is a false propaganda by vested interests.
Decisions with regard to a lot of developmental issues have
been taken," he said.

Chavan said initially he took time to understand the
issues since he had never worked in the state.

"But, now it is not the case," he added.

PTI