In a final written statement submitted to the Bombay high court last week, activist Sanjay Tiwari contended that even though it was only befitting that Congress leader Kripashankar Singh be prosecuted for possessing disproportionate quantum of assets, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) let him off easily.
A division bench of chief justice Mohit Shah and justice RS Dalvi has closed the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Tiwari and the order is likely to be pronounced soon.
Tiwari had filed the PIL in 2010 to bring Singh’s assets under the high court’s scanner. After examining all transactions, the ACB had found that the income of Singh and his wife Maltidevi was disproportionate to their income by 11.69%. “The assets amassed by the (Singh) family amount to hundreds of crores of rupees and they are disproportionate to their known source of income,” Tiwari said in his statement.
Tiwari also alleged that the ACB let off the Congress leader and his family members on the basis of flimsy explanations provided, which hints at their role in protecting them. “There have been instances of misuse of power and fabrication of documents. Despite this, the authorities have been trying to cover up this scam,” the statement reads.
Tiwari is now seeking an investigation by a Special Investigation Team and wants it to be monitored by the court. The petitioner has also sought copies of the reports submitted by the ACB, the income-tax department and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in court in a sealed cover.
Singh argued that the court cannot appeal against the ACB’s decision to let him off the hook.