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Adarsh ‘shield’ for Chavan

Mumbai, Dec. 17: Political circles in Maharashtra were tonight abuzz with speculation that governor K. Sankaranarayanan had refused permission to the CBI to prosecute former chief minister Ashok Chavan in the Adarsh scam.

The CBI had last week sought the governor’s nod to prosecute Chavan, one of the 13 accused chargesheeted by the agency for allegedly doling out clearance to the 31-storey housing society in return for flats for family members.

The Congress leader from Nanded had to resign in November 2010 after media reports revealed that members of his close family owned three flats in the Colaba high-rise.

When contacted, a senior official at Raj Bhavan said: “We are not aware of the development and would not like to comment.”

A 700-page report, submitted by a two-member judicial commission, is scheduled to be tabled in the legislature this week.