THE MADHYA Pradesh High Court on Friday issued a notice to Revenue Minister Kamal Patel while hearing a PIL alleging that the minister has amassed wealth worth crores of rupees after being inducted into the ministry.
The notice was also issued to the CBI and both were ordered to file replies within a month.Lawyer Manikant Sharma on behalf of his client Anil Bansal of Harda district filed the PIL. Bansal had demanded a CBI probe into the “wealth amassed’ by Patel.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice A K Patnaik and Justice R S Jha issued the notices. Sharma told the court that Patel, a former State president of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, has floated a Friends Educational Society and bought costly in the name of his family members and friends.
The counsel told the court that Kamal Patel bought land worth Rs 50 to 60 lakh in a day on November 18, 2005 in the names of his wife, mother-in-law, sons, brother and brother’s wife.
While contesting the Assembly election, Patel stated in his assets declaration form, had stated that he and his family owned Rs 30,000 fixed deposit, Rs 35,000 bank balance and a four-wheeler. Besides, the PIL stated, Patel threw an extravagant party on his son’s marriage in Bhopal.
Talking to this newspaper, Manikant Sharma said he had enclosed with the PIL the photocopies of the sale deeds and land acquired by Patel, his family and friends to the tune of nearly Rs 1 crore.
“We have also attached the photographs of his son’s extravagant marriage in which the bride is seen wearing the dresses carrying gold”, the counsel said.