To ensure that the paper work involved in the disproportionate assets case against Congress leader Kripashankar Singh is up to the mark, the Mumbai police are being assisted by a retired official of the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI), SS Jha, who also investigated the Harshad Mehta scam.
A senior official of the Mumbai police confirmed the development on the condition of anonymity. “We are being assisted by Jha, who retired from the CBI in February 2006 as a superintendent of police,” the official said.
The case is being investigated by a special investigating team (SIT) under the commissioner of police (Mumbai) Arup Patnaik, after an order to this effect was passed by the Bombay high court in February 2012.
The official said Jha is an expert in probing economic offences and has a fine track record as an investigator. “Taking into account the complexity of the case, he is helping out the SIT with the various legal aspects and drafting of the case,” the official added.
According to the official, Patnaik was in the CBI team, which investigated the Harshad Mehta case and knew about the expertise of Jha.
“His knowledge about economic cases is known to Patnaik because they had worked on the same case and hence taking into account the sensitive nature of the case, Jha was requested to assist the SIT,” the officer said.
In February 2012, after Patnaik was asked to investigate the Kripashankar case, a First Information Report (FIR) was filed with the Nirmal Nagar police station by the SIT.
The court had also asked the SIT to collect documentary evidence with regard to the movable and immovable properties shown against Singh and his family such as his flats, shops, agricultural lands, bungalow, office/commercial premises, motor cars, bank accounts, forward trading account.
Kripashankar had managed to get a stay on attaching of his properties from the Supreme Court but the court has allowed the probe by the SIT to go ahead.