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