Congress keeps distance from Adarsh controversy over Chavan

Friday, October 29, 2010

NEW DELHI - The Congress Friday side-stepped questions over Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan’s link to the Adarsh housing society meant for families of Kargil martyrs, and said the outcome of the probe into the controversy should be awaited.

Chavan’s mother-in-law, who died earlier this year, owned a flat in the society.

The defence minister (A.K. Antony) has said clearly that the whole issue will be investigated. We should wait for the report, Congress spokesman Manish Tewari said.

Asked if the party was contemplating any action against Chavan, Tewari said that an inquiry had been ordered into the issue.

The party would not want to shield or to hold a brief for anybody. Let’s wait for the report. We do not want to shield anyone’s misdemeanour or indiscretion, Tewari said.

The controversy over the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society in Mumbai deepened following reports that the list of flat owners included Chavan’s late mother-in-law Bhagwati Manoharlal Sharma.

Chavan has said that he was not a minister when the land was given. He said his family comprises of his wife and children and he was not responsible for his relatives beyond his immediate family.

He has said his relatives would give up the flats.

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