It is over two weeks since Prithviraj Chavan’s swearing in as Chief Minister of Maharashtra. I think some of us had hopes that after he came, we would see action against culprits of Adarsh scam. However, till date, nothing has happened. Ramanand Tiwari is still the State Information Commissioner, no FIR has been registered, and things appear to be back to business-as-usual.
Send this letter to the CM to tell him that we are not fooled.
The letter is also copy-pasted below.
DRAFT OF LETTER TO CM PRITHVIRAJ CHAVAN
Shri Prithviraj Chavan,
Chief Minister of Maharashtra,
Mantralaya, 6th Floor,
Madame Cama Road,
Congratulations on your new assignment as Chief Minister. Need we remind you that you are in this post because of the Adarsh scam? As an unfamiliar figure in the politics of this state, your only claim to legitimacy as CM in the common man’s eyes is your seeming willingness to punish the scamsters. Otherwise, what is the difference between you and your tainted predecessor?
Two days ago, Supreme Court Justice A K Ganguly reprimanded CBI for “beating around the bush” in the 2G Spectrum scam instead of interrogating Mr A Raja and filing FIR. In the case of Adarsh also, your government and CBI are beating around the bush. Mr Sushilkumar Shinde, Mr Vilasrao Deshmukh, Mr Ashok Chavan, Dr Suresh Joshi, Mr Ramanand Tiwari and Mr Jairaj Phatak have not been interrogated. Also, no FIR has been registered despite ample documentary evidence of criminal wrongdoings. There is no move to put these influential persons under judicial restraint to save evidence from being tampered, and witnesses being pressured.
Instead, the culprits’ positions of eminence in the State and at the Centre are intact. Mr Tiwari continues to be State Information Commissioner. Mr Phatak is Additional Secretary, Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj. Dr Joshi, who recently retired as Chief Information Commissioner of Maharashtra, is tipped to become advisor to YASHADA.
Sir, you were until very recently Minister of State (MOS) of Prime Minister’s office and of DOPT— the department in charge of CBI. And now you are Chief Minister of Maharashtra. No matter which way one looks at it, you are squarely responsible for the government’s extreme leniency in this matter.
We ask you to take immediate action to make amends.
(Signature, name, address, phone number)
1. Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, South Block, New Delhi - 110001.
2. Mrs Sonia Gandhi, 10 Janpath, New Delhi - 110001.