Maharashtra government filed an affidavit in the Bombay High Court stating that the CBI investigation into the role played by Ashok Chavan, former chief minister of Maharashtra, was not illegal and not for a political vendetta.
Vidyasagar Rao, governor of Maharashtra, had permitted CBI in February 2016 to investigate and prosecute Ashok Chavan's role in the alleged Adarsh cooperative society scam for offences under section 120B (Criminal conspiracy) & section 420 (cheating) of IPC. The affidavit, filed by Somnath Bagul, joint secretary of general administration department, said, “It is not a part of any strategy to neutralise Ashok Chavan politically.” Ashok Chavan, now president of the state Congress, had challenged governor's decision in Bombay High Court.
K. Shankaranarayan, former governor, had denied permission to CBI to prosecute Ashok Chavan in the alleged scam in 2013 citing constitutional reasons. Hence, the High Court had questioned the state government on the change in the legal position by the governor. Ashok Chavan said, “The incumbent governor, while allowing CBI to prosecute me, had clearly said that he had consulted the 'council of ministers' of the state government before giving permission. This itself explains the political vendetta.” He added that the state government had every legal right to take decision about the land it owned and pointed out that the inquiry commission too had admitted the ownership of the land.
CBI, in its chargesheet filed in December 2013, had named Chavan as an accused for “allowing Adarsh society to allocate 40 per cent flats to civilians”. Ashok Chavan said, “My father in law was an ex-Army officer and his family members have bought the flats. I repeat, this is politically motivated.” Ratnakar Mahajan, Congress spokesperson, said, “BJP used to call CBI a caged parrot during UPA. I call it as a strangled parrot during NDA.”