Conspiracy by political rivals: Chavan on Adarsh chargesheet
Mumbai: Accusing his political rivals of trying to implicate him in the multi-crore Adarsh Housing Scam, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Wednesday said the CBI chargesheet against him was "unfortunate".
"This (CBI chargesheet) is unfortunate and unexpected," Chavan told a news agency.
"The Adarsh housing is only an administrative matter. However, there is a conspiracy by my rivals to malign me. The Adarsh issue has been blown out of proportion," he charged
"By giving the issue unwarranted publicity, my political rivals are trying to implicate me," the senior state Congress leader charged.
"Neither was I associated with allotment of land to the Adarsh society nor did I have anything to do with the list of its members," Chavan claimed.
"I have full faith in the judiciary and am confident that I will be proved innocent and emerge out unscathed," the former Chief Minister said, adding that he would consult his legal team and decide on the further course of action on the issue.
"The truth will prevail. I have done nothing wrong. It is really unfortunate that I have been named in the charge sheet," he rued.
The agency had registered a case in the scam on January 29 last year under IPC sections including criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and showing forged document as genuine, besides sections pertaining to Prevention of Corruption Act.
Besides Chavan, Congress leader KL Gidwani, top-ranking retired army officers Lt General PK Rampal, Major Generals AR Kumar and TK Kaul, retired brigadiers RC Sharma and MM Wanchoo are among the accused.
Chavan was Revenue Minister during 2001-03 and had dealt with files pertaining to the ownership of land. He is alleged to have recommended allotment of 40 percent flats to civilians in the society, which was said to be meant for Kargil widows and war heroes.