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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Kanpur, November 04, 2012
The district court in Kanpur has issued a notice to the complainant Shivakant Tripathi, asking him to file objections, if any, till November 29 in connection with the police closure report in the money laundering cases against former Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh. The cases were withdrawn on Friday.

Confirming receipt of the notice, Tripathi, who had lodged an FIR against Singh, his wife Pankaja and actor Amitabh Bachchan at the Babupurwa police station in Kanpur on October 15, 2009, said he would file his objections on Monday or Tuesday.

Tripathi, who had accused the trio of financial fraud to the tune of Rs. 500 crore, also said he would go back to the Allahabad high court for a reinvestigation by an independent agency.

In particular, Singh was accused of creating 55 shell companies and illegally amalgamating firms using fake documents to launder black money. Six of his companies had even been named in the complaint.

Tripathi also said he had he had requested the court for a certified copy of the police closure report, but he was yet to get it.

After the FIR was lodged in 2009, the Babupurwa police tried its best to transfer the case to Kolkata Police by claiming the alleged crime was committed there, he claimed.

With the Kolkata police refusing to take up the case, the Babupurwa police launched a probe which was later transferred to the Economic Offences Wing (EOW). As per rules, the district police cannot investigate any economic offence entailing a sum of Rs. 25,000 or more.

"The EOW investigated the matter for about three years and handed over the detailed findings running into 196 pages to the Kanpur police. Citing lack of evidence, the Kanpur police filed the closure report within 72 hours," Tripathi added.

"I had filed a writ before the Allahabad high court for shifting the investigation to a specialised agency like the enforcement directorate (ED). The matter is under consideration before a full bench of acting Chief Justice Amitava Lala, justice PS Baghel and justice SC Gupta," he added.

He alleged the Kanpur police had filed the closure report by flouting norms at the state government's instance.

"I have decided to fight till my last breath. I wouldn't sit still till the culprits are punished," he asserted.