Seized: Guns, ammunition, luxury cars
The eight properties searched on Friday are among the 19 properties owned by former Mumbai Congress chief Kripashankar Singh and his family, as mentioned in the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by social activist Sanjay Tiwari.mumbai Updated: Mar 03, 2012 01:41 IST
The eight properties searched on Friday are among the 19 properties owned by former Mumbai Congress chief Kripashankar Singh and his family, as mentioned in the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by social activist Sanjay Tiwari.
The searches, which are being conducted following a directive by the Bombay high court to convert the PIL into an FIR against Singh and his family in a disproportionate assets case and attach his immovable properties, will go on for several days.
“The police commissioner has formed 19 teams of more than 150 constables and officers from the economic offences wing, crime branch and special team to investigate the case,” said an official, requesting anonymity.
On Saturday, the teams are likely to conduct searches at the farmhouse belonging to Singh’s family and some other properties in Navi Mumbai. “The process will continue until we cover each and every of the 19 properties mentioned in the PIL,” the official said.
The properties attached on Friday include flats, bungalow and office premises in Vile Parle, Santacruz Bandra and Powai.
The police said six high-end vehicles, including two BMWs, were also attached. They also seized three revolvers and 450 rounds of live ammunition.
During the searches, many bank account details as well as some original documents of properties not listed in the PIL were found.
The police have pasted attachment notices on the cars, gates and doors of the premises. “The attachment of properties means that they have been taken into judicial possession. As per the court order, we had to attach immovable properties and seize movable properties,” an official said.
This means, sources said, that Singh and his family can continue to live in the attached premises. However, they cannot sell or lease out these properties without court permission.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, state Congress president Manikrao Thakre and other senior state leaders were busy with government and party meetings and remained inaccessible for comment on Friday.
State in-charge Mohan Prakash did not comment on the searches, but said that the party would decide on Singh’s fate as soon as possible.
Asked whether Singh’s continuance in the party was an embarrassment, party general secretary Digvijaya Singh told PTI in Delhi: “He [Singh] has already resigned from the post of the president of the Mumbai Regional Congress Committee. What else do you want?”