The Bombay high court has set September 10 as the date for hearing and deciding on a petition filed by Sunil Karve, co-founder and chairman of Mumbai Educational Trust (MET), Bandra, seeking a CBI probe against state cabinet minister Chhagan Bhujbal and his family for alleged corruption and misappropriation of trust funds to the tune of Rs177 crore for their personal use.
The court has posted the petition for final hearing after Karve’s lawyer argued that after the city police refused to register a case against the minister and his family, all records and documents pertaining to the trust funds are being destroyed.
Advocate general Darius Khambata told the court that the city police’s economic offences wing conducted a preliminary inquiry into the allegations, according to which, no cognisable offence was made out.
It is a civil dispute between trustees of an organisation and the charity commissioner is already looking into it, Khambata submitted, adding that the petitioner has the option of filing a private complaint before a magistrate.
A division bench of justices VM Kanade and PD Kode adjourned the petition for final hearing on September 10.