ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Adarsh Impunity

Something rotten in the state of Maharashtra.

(The web version of this article corrects a few errors that appeared in the print edition).
 

The Maharashtra government’s role in the Adarsh Housing Society scandal which first became public in 2010 has consisted of desperate attempts at a cover-up, hypocritical gestures to appease public indignation and now a blatant shielding of the powerful politicians and bureaucrats indicted by a judicial commission. Four former chief ministers (including one who is now the union home minister), 12 senior bureaucrats and two ministers currently in the state cabinet have been held responsible by the commission for “blatant violations” that showed “greed, nepotism and favouritism”. One of those indicted, Ashok Chavan, was the chief minister when the scandal broke and was forced to resign. The entire saga has exposed yet again the lengths to which the Indian politician-bureaucrat nexus can go to corner housing and plots in prime locations for themselves and their privileged circles. More importantly, the state government’s rejection of the commission’s report illustrates how the power elite will go to any length to protect its own.

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