Agencies investigating the multi-crore hawala scam involving former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda will soon submit reports on the status of the probe into allegations of former Maharashtra home minister and Mumbai Congress chief Kripashankar Singh amassing unaccounted wealth.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED), Income Tax (I-T) and Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) told the high court that they would be submitting the status report in a sealed cover by October 27. A division bench of justices Ranjana Desai and RV More, while hearing a PIL filed by activist Sanjay Tiwari, had asked for a status report.
“If you satisfy us that the PIL is filed with malafide intentions, then we will impose cost on the petitioner. But, first we want to see the progress of the investigation,” said Justice Desai.
Mahesh Jethmalani, Tiwari’s counsel, argued that the court should continue monitoring the investigation as the case had larger ramifications. Advocate General Ravi Kadam said the ACB is already conducting a probe. “The court can’t tell the investigating agencies how to go about the probe,” he said.
The court said they weren’t telling the agencies how to investigate, but were interested in the progress made.
Rajendra Raghuvanshi, Singh’s counsel, said the PIL was filed with malafide intentions and needs to be dismissed.