On Thursday many were shocked, when it was reported that all the accused in the 2G spectrum scam were acquitted by a special court citing prosecution’s failure to prove its charges. The case and its facts though might still continue to spur public debate in the coming days as sinister details keep emerging in the matter.
Barely 24 hours have elapsed since the 2G verdict, and the judiciary has probably managed to provide another shock to the general public.
It has been reported that The Bombay High Court set aside Maharashtra Governor Vidyasagar Rao’s sanction which granted the CBI rights to prosecute the former Maharashtra CM in the Adarsh Housing scam.
As per the High Court bench, while asking for the sanction, the CBI had claimed that it had fresh evidence in its possession against Mr Chavan, but it failed to present any fresh material which was capable of being converted into evidence.
The bench also observed that, “The sanctioning authority is an independent body that can’t allow itself to be influenced by anyone’s opinion”.
Such a continuity of ‘unexpected’ judgements seems to have taken a toll on the general public who reacted with a variety of emotions including incredulity:
Congress leader & Ex-Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan will not face prosecution in Adarsh scam case as Bombay HC says CBI failed to present any fresh evidence against Chavan. Wow, So what is next? #AdarshScam also did not happen?
— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) December 22, 2017
Maharashtra ex-CM Ashok Chavan let off in Adarsh scam case
Now India has become corruption free country. No one can detect corruption. No one can prove corruption. Jai ho!
— गीतिका (@ggiittiikkaa) December 22, 2017
Next: Adarsh scam (sorry – unusual events leading to serendipitous possession of luxury flats) Chavan let off today https://t.co/fIvbIAsFvW
— Reality Check India (@realitycheckind) December 22, 2017
Two days in a row after #2GScam – Now CBI fails to present any new evidence to prosecute Cong leader Ashok Chavan in Adarsh scam case. India’s premier investigative agency failing to come up with new/clinching evidence is becoming routine https://t.co/Qt348hLuZb
— Advaita Kala (@AdvaitaKala) December 22, 2017
Another Congress leader gets away. Former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan gets relief in Adarsh housing case. Maan gaye sarkar!
— Mohan Sinha (@Mohansinha) December 22, 2017
Am wondering which evidence the CBI could not gather in the #AdarshScam –
1. That Ashok Chavan had a mother in law?
2. That she owned 3 flats in Adarsh?
3. That the flats were meant for Kargil widows?
4. That a building called Adarsh Housing Society exists?
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) December 22, 2017
After two significant judgements regarding major scams have gone in favour of the accused, it remains to be seen what happen in Lalu Prasad Yadav’s case, when his verdict in the fodder scam is announced by a special CBI court on Saturday.