The Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed the Mumbai police to register a FIR against Mumbai Regional Congress Committee president Kripashankar Singh and his family members for possessing assets disproportionate to their known sources of income. Singh quit his post after the order.
“We can easily prima facie conclude that there is cognizable offence disclosed,” the court observed, while appointing Mumbai’s police commissioner Arup Patnaik as investigation officer of the case, with a direction that all the movable and immovable properties held by the Congress leader and his family members be attached.
The court has also directed the commissioner to treat the memo of the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by city resident Sanjay Dinanath Tiwari in this connection as an FIR, and submit a report of investigation by April 19, 2012.
During the course of hearing on the PIL, the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) had conducted an inquiry and came to the conclusion that 11.59 per cent of the assets held by Kripashankar Singh and his wife Maltidevi were disproportionate to their known sources of income.