The CBI Friday told the Bombay High Court that it was not within its purview to go into Maharashtra governor`s refusal to sanction prosecution of former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan in the Adarsh Housing society case.
Bombay High Court rejected an application made by scam-tainted Adarsh Housing Society opposing the title suit filed by Union Ministry of Defence claiming ownership on the land in South Mumbai where the plush building stands.
Members of Adarsh Housing Society issued a notice against Narendra Modi seeking apology for "defaming" the society and also threatened to file a defamation suit of Rs 100 crore in the High Court if the BJP`s PM nominee failed to oblige.
Many of the `benami` flats (the flats held in the name of a proxy buyer) in the scam-tainted Adarsh Society here were purchased under the quotas for scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and `weaker sections of the society`, the CBI has said in its supplementary chargesheet.
Maharashtra former chief minister Ashok Chavan, charge-sheeted in the Adarsh scam, on Wednesday looked set to be let off the hook, with the CBI moving a special court seeking approval to drop his name as an accused in the case following governor`s refusal to sanction his prosecution.
Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday admitted that there were “gross violations" of statutory provisions by some influential people in the Adarsh Housing Society but refused to take any action against the top politicians who were named in the case.
Former Union minister Suresh Prabhu on Monday said the Adarsh probe Commission has erred in its report by holding that his membership to the Adarsh Housing Society was eligible only for a small flat and not for a bigger one.
Dubbing the Adarsh Housing Society scam as an "unhappy episode", Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Saturday said rejection of the inquiry commission report was a decision of the state cabinet.