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Maharashtra govt partially accepts Adarsh report, gives clean chit to politicos

Mumbai: Nudged by Rahul Gandhi, Maharashtra government today partially accepted the Adarsh scam judicial panel report and announced action against indicted bureaucrats but gave a clean chit to politicians barring former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan,
PTI January 02, 2014 22:35 IST
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Mumbai: Nudged by Rahul Gandhi, Maharashtra government today partially accepted the Adarsh scam judicial panel report and announced action against indicted bureaucrats but gave a clean chit to politicians barring former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, saying “no criminality was revealed against them”.

After the Cabinet reviewed its decision to reject the judicial commission's report, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan told reporters, “In case of political patronage, the commission did not draw the conclusion that they indulged in a criminal act. In case of political patronage mentioned in Adarsh panel report, we found no criminality was revealed.”

The reconsideration came a week after the Congress Vice President's public disapproval of the government's decision to reject the findings of the two-member panel, which had indicted officials and politicians including four former chief ministers for “blatant violations” of statutory provisions.  

The Cabinet had rejected the report before tabling it in the Legislative Assembly on December 20. Chavan had then said the decision to reject the findings had been taken “in public interest”.