2012 yearender: Cases against Kasab, Bollywood stars dominate Maha legal scene

Dec 22 2012, 12:55 IST
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SummarySalman Khan, Adnan Sami, Madhur Bhankarkar, Shiney Ahuja, Rajesh Khanna made headlines this year.

Jail in Pune on November 21. Kasab had been lodged in Arthur Jail Road in Mumbai ever since he was arrested in 2008. He was buried in the jail itself.

25-year-old Kasab was convicted and given capital punishment by the trial court in May, 2010 which was upheld by the Bombay High Court in February last year. The Supreme Court later upheld the sentence on August 29.

In another development, crusader against corruption Anna Hazare heaved a sigh of relief when the Bombay High Court dismissed a PIL seeking a probe into his trust. The PIL claimed that Hind Swaraj Trust had not submitted audit reports from the year 2005 to 2007 before the Charity Commissioner. It also alleged that trustees including Hazare, were indulging in malpractices and siphoning of funds.

In the multi-crore Adarsh housing scam, CBI filed a 10,000-page chargesheet in July against 13 people including former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan. The scam had earlier fuelled a political storm in Maharashtra leading to the resignation of Chavan as the chief minister.

Chavan moved the Bombay High Court seeking quashing of cheating and corruption case filed against him by CBI. The Congress leader was accused of granting some approvals to the housing society in upscale Colaba as quid-pro-quo for allotment of three flats to his kin.

Union Minister and former chief minister Sushil Kumar Shinde put the blame on Vilasrao Deshmukh saying the decision to allot government land and grant of additional FSI to the society was taken during the tenure of Deskhmukh.

On the other hand, Deshmukh, in his deposition, shrugged off responsibility for the scam and chose to put the onus on bureaucrats and other departments. However, on August 14, he died of prolonged illness at a Chennai hospital.

After two months, Kanhaiyalal Gidwani, main accused in Adarsh Society scam and chief promoter of the controversial society, also passed away following cardiac arrest.

Filmmaker Subhash Ghai got a jolt when the high court in February ordered him to surrender the 20-acre land in suburban Goregaon housing his film and television institute Whistling Woods to the Maharashtra government. In April, the Supreme Court upheld the high court order.

In another development, Congress leader Kripashankar Singh suffered a setback as police, in February, registered an FIR against him under an anti-corruption law in a disproportionate assets case, after the high court had directed it to prosecute him for “criminal misconduct”.

One of the criminal cases which dominated the

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