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HC de-freezes bank accounts of MPSC accused Shashikant Karnik

Dr Karnik, one of the accused in Maharashtra PSC examination scam of 1999, is a former chairman of the commission, and also a former vice chancellor of Mumbai University.

india Updated: Apr 18, 2007 00:17 IST

The Anti-Corruption Bureau which is probing the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) scam wherein the answer sheets of certain candidates were substituted in the 1999 examination received a criticism from the Bombay High Court. The court held that the ACB’s action of attaching the bank accounts of former MPSC chairman Shashikant Karnik was “illegal and perverse”.



Dr Karnik, one of the accused in Maharashtra Public Service Commission examination scam of 1999, is a former chairman of the commission, and also a former vice chancellor of Mumbai University.



The then assistant commissioner of police with ACB Sudhakar Pujari, who was the main investigating officer, had attached total of nine bank accounts in the name of Dr Karnik and his family members in 2002, following his arrest.



Some of the accounts were Non-Resident Extended accounts in the name of his son and daughter who live abroad. It also included a provident fund account, which according to Karnik can never be attached, even by a court's order.



Besides, Karnik contended that proper procedure was not followed while attaching the account. As per the Criminal Procedure Code, it is mandatory to inform the trial court and the superior officers in the ACB before attaching the account, which was not done in this case till date. Also, Karnik was not given any notice before freezing his accounts.



The division bench of Justices D G Deshpande and Nishita Mhatre, in an interim order, had allowed Karnik to operate four accounts. In its final order on Tuesday, the bench held that the entire action of attaching the accounts was illegal.