The police on Tuesday registered an FIR against senior Congress leader Kripashankar Singh under an anti-corruption law in connection with a disproportionate assets case, nearly a week after the Bombay high court had directed it to prosecute him for “criminal misconduct”.
“An FIR under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the IPC has been registered against Singh,” a top police official said. The former Mumbai Pradesh Congress chief is also facing charges of cheating, forgery, and destruction of evidence.
The HC had on February 22 directed the police commissioner to prosecute Singh for “criminal misconduct” under the Prevention of Corruption Act, while hearing a PIL filed by activist Sanjay Tiwari who alleged the Congress MLA had amassed wealth disproportionate to his income.
In the petition, Tiwari claimed Singh had been close to former Jharkhand CM Madhu Koda, currently in jail for alleged involvement in a multi-crore hawala scam. He alleged several monetary transactions had taken place between them.
Singh’s son is married to the daughter of Kamlesh Singh, who was a minister in the Koda cabinet and is now in jail in connection with the scam. Ankita had received Rs 1.75 crore from Kamlesh, the PIL said. Singh resigned as the Mumbai Congress chief citing the party’s poor showing in the BMC polls.