The Bombay high court on Monday directed the director general of the anti-corruption bureau to look into the delay in the process of conducting an enquiry against former NCP minister Vijaykumar Gavit, who is facing allegations of disproportionate assets.
The high court further directed that the officer conducting the enquiry will have to submit the report to the HC before November 24.
The division bench of Justice AS Oka and Justice AS Gadkari is hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking action against Gavit, alleging that he has assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.
The ACB had first initiated a discrete enquiry, following which the state gave the go-ahead to the department to conduct an open enquiry.
The high court on Monday asked the ACB to show a progress report about the case. Government pleader S Patil told the HC that a confidential report was submitted earlier in August and one more would be filed.
"That report was in August, today we are in November," the bench remarked on the earlier report. The bench issued directions to the DG (ACB) and the enquiring officer. "As of today, the government pleader has no instructions on the status of the open enquiry," said the order.
"The discrete enquiry has taken long and even the open enquiry is taking long."
NN Singh, the counsel for the IT department, also informed the HC that notices had been issued to Gavit for a hearing before the court but no further progress was made in the matter.
He will also have to inform the court of the next date given for the hearing before the IT department.
Uday Warunjikar, arguing for the petitioner, said that the latest document brought on record by the IT department showed a new legal entity by the name of 'Gavit groups'.
He sought a direction from the court that the concerned officer should also look into the new entity.
Until now the petition had been restricted to the alleged disproportionate assets of Gavit, his wife and his brother.