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Complete probe into city Congress chief’s wealth, court tells Anti-Corruption Bureau

mumbai Updated: Dec 17, 2010 02:38 IST
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Complete the probe into the alleged unaccounted wealth amassed by Congress city unit president Kripashankar Singh and five of his family members by March 3, the Bombay high court told the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

The division bench of chief justice Mohit Shah and justice SJ Kathawala also directed the ACB to submit the final report of its investigation.

On Thursday, advocate general Ravi Kadam submitted in sealed cover an interim report of the ongoing probe as directed by the court.

The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by social activist Sanjay Tiwari in March. Tiwari had alleged that Kripashankar had migrated to Mumbai in the early 70s and initially worked as vegetable vendor, but had managed to amass huge wealth using his political clout.

Kripashankar claimed that the petition was politically motivated. The petition claimed though there were no sources of income for Kripashankar’s family, transactions totalling to crores of rupees reflected in their bank accounts and the family owned immovable property worth more than Rs 250 crore at various places in Maharashtra.

Tiwari said Kripashankar had been named in the alleged money laundering scam involving former chief minister of Jharkhand Madhu Koda, but the Congress leader was not even interviewed by the central agencies investigating the scam.

The petitioner also alleged that Kripashankar was instrumental in making Koda the chief minister of Jharkhand.

While the Enforcement Directorate has given a clean chit to the Congress leader in his connection with the Koda scam in October, the ACB has maintained that there is no direct evidence to link him with the scam.