The anti-corruption bureau (ACB) on Wednesday gave a clean chit to former Maharashtra minister Vijaykumar Gavit and his family in a disproportionate assets case, stating that there was no material to implicate them.
This was contained in a report submitted to a bench headed by justice Naresh Patil who observed that the director general of ACB had opined that there was no substance in allegations against Gavit and his family members.
"The state, too, had concurred with the findings of ACB," the bench said.
The court was hearing a PIL seeking an open inquiry against Gavit and his family in the disproportionate assets case.
Hearing the petition, the court had asked ACB to conduct a probe and submit a report.
Uday Warunjikar, lawyer for petitioner, said he would try to procure a copy of this report from the state government through Right to Information Act.
Mahesh Jethmalani, counsel for Gavit, said nothing survived in the petition as his client had got a clean chit. He, therefore, urged for disposal of the PIL.
However, Warunjikar objected to it saying that the court should give an opportunity to the parties to submit final arguments. Accordingly, the court posted the matter to June for further hearing.
The court was hearing a PIL filed by VR Musale seeking prosecution of Gavit and his family.
During a hearing earlier, ACB had informed that on holding a discreet inquiry into the assets of Gavit and his family it had found material against them and submitted a proposal to the state on March 5 to seek permission for an open inquiry against Gavit.
Later, the state informed the high court that the home ministry had given a nod to ACB to hold an open inquiry.
The court had also asked the former minister to file an affidavit, declaring sources of income from which he purchased properties by paying cash as alleged in the PIL.
The PIL, seeking prosecution of Gavit and his family members, was admitted in April last year by the high court.
ACB had informed the court that even before the PIL was filed, several complaints were filed with them against Gavit and his family during the period 2009 to 2012.
Hence, it held a discreet inquiry and found that prima facie there was substance against them with regard to assets disproportionate to known sources of income, ACB had said.
Gavit, a senior NCP leader in the erstwhile Cong-NCP coalition government, was sacked from Maharashtra cabinet after his daughter Heena got a 2014 Lok Sabha poll ticket from BJP to contest from Nandurbar seat.