Congress leader Kripashankar Singh, who is being investigated for amassing assets disproportionate to his sources of income, said he was innocent and vowed to fight the battle in court.
Commenting on the attachment of properties that are allegedly owned by him and his family, Singh told the media on Saturday that he did not own most of these properties.
“The media has created all hype about the seizures and attachments. I am innocent and I will prove my innocence,” he told media persons after his arrival in the city after a prolonged absence.
Singh denied he was untraceable after the Bombay high court directed the police to register an FIR against the Congress leader and his family members in the disproportionate assets case.
He insisted that he did not go under ground fearing arrest by police, who on Friday attached his properties to the order of the high court.
Singh tried to approach the Supreme Court on Friday but had to return without any relief.
Meanwhile, the Congress party continued to remain silent about the developments.
Party in-charge (Maharashtra) Mohan Prakash had said on Friday that the party would decide Singh’s fate very soon. Prakash made this comment after a majority of city Congress leaders blamed Singh for the party’s debacle in last month’s civic polls.
Singh was the city Congress president till last week. He was sacked after the high court verdict.
The state home department reacted sharply to the case against Singh and on Saturday withdrew the police security cover it had provided to the former minister of state for home and sitting legislator.
Cong leader’s security cover withdrawn
While the Economic Offence Wing of the city police is gunning for Mumbai Congress chief Kripashankar Singh’s, the state government has withdrawn the security cover given to him.
The police had, on Friday, raided his properties and collected documentary evidence regarding his movable and immovable properties.
While the properties such as his flats and office were also attached with the court order.
The Bombay high during the hearing of a public interest litigation filed by activist Sanjay Tiwari, directed the city police chief to register a case against him for criminal misconduct under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The PIL alleged that the Congress legislator had amassed wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income,
In its February 22 order, the court had asked Mumbai police to collect documentary evidence regarding all movable and immovable properties owned by Singh and his family.
During the searches, Singh’s two BMWs were also seized. While the police had also found 400 live cartridges at his residence located in Bandra. The police are now trying to probe whether Singh and his family have the necessary arms licences.
While the apex court also on Friday refused to grant any interim stay or quashing of the high court order on his prosecution.