The Allahabad High Court on Saturday dismissed a writ petition urging the court to monitor investigations into the allegations of money laundering against Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh.
A division bench of Justices Sunil Ambwani and Virendra Singh dismissed the petition, filed by Shivakant Tripathi, terming it “premature”. Tripathi had brought the allegation in a first information report.
Tripathi had argued that as Singh could manipulate the probe process, it should be monitored by the high court.
Although Tripathi lodged the FIR in Uttar Pradesh on October 15, Kolkata Police were asked to investigate the charge, as Singh’s alleged front
companies were located in Kolkata. But the Kolkata Police refused to investigate the matter, saying proper procedure was not followed in referring it to them.
Singh, in his turn, filed a complaint against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati and five others at Ballygunge police station in Kolkata, alleging criminal conspiracy against him and his associates, including actor Amitabh Bachchan.
Singh also named Babu Singh Kushwaha — a minister in Mayawati’s cabinet, Navneet Sehgal in the Uttar Pradesh chief minister’s secretariat, Bahujan Samaj Party member of Parliament Akhilesh Das, chief of Babupurwa police station in Kanpur Dinesh Tripathi and Shivakant Tripathi.
Later, Singh distributed a CD, allegedly containing proofs of corruption and conspiracy by the people named in the complaint. Singh charged that Shivakant Tripathi was in regular contact with BSP leaders and officers in the chief minister’s secretariat before filing the FIR at Babupurwa police station.