Maharashtra files report on probe against Kripashankar in SC
Maharashtra government on Monday placed before the Supreme Court its report on the probe into the alleged amassing of disproportianate assets by former Mumbai Congress chief Kripashankar Singh and his family members.delhi Updated: Apr 16, 2012 21:53 IST
Maharashtra government on Monday placed before the Supreme Court its report on the probe into the alleged amassing of disproportianate assets by former Mumbai Congress chief Kripashankar Singh and his family members.
The report was filed in a sealed cover by a special investigating team, headed by Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik, which probed the alleged benami assets of Singh and his family member.
The report was filed in compliance with a March 13 order of the Supreme Court which had asked Patnaik to conduct an independent probe and collect documentary evidence regarding all movable and immovable properties of Kripashankar and his family, including his wife, son, daughter-in-law and daughter while seeking a report in a sealed envelop.
A bench comprising justice HL Dattu and justice AR Dave had earlier refused to stay the investigation against Singh and his family members but put an interim stay on the process of attaching and seizure of their properties.
It had also restrained the politician and his family members from "alienating, transferring or dealing with properties" enumerated in the petition against them during the pendency of the case and had directed them to file an affidavit within three days giving an undertaking for the same.
The court had passed the order on petitions filed by Kripashankar and his family members seeking a stay on the Bombay high court order of February 22 directing the city police commissioner to prosecute them for "criminal misconduct" under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The high court had also directed the police to attach the immovable properties of the Congress MLA.
Challenging the high court's order, they said the order was passed on a petition which was politically motivated.
The bench in its order had also said if required the Mumbai Police Commissioner can approach the competent authority for seeking sanction for prosecution of Kripashankar.
The Bombay high court had passed the order on a public interest litigation filed by activist Sanjay Tiwari who alleged the Congress MLA had amassed wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income.
The high court, while keeping the PIL, pending has directed the CP to file a compliance report on April 19.
"The PIL shall be treated as FIR and the report submitted by the state Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in March, 2011, showing Kripashankar's income and expenditure shall be treated as investigation," the high court had said.
Tiwari has alleged in the petition that Kripashankar had been close to former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda, currently in jail for his alleged involvement in a multi-crore hawala scam.
He alleged several monetary transactions had taken place between them.
Kripashankar's son Narendra Mohan is married to Ankita, daughter of Kamlesh Singh, who was a minister in the Koda cabinet, and is now in jail in connection with the hawala scam.
Ankita had received Rs 1.75 crore in her account from Kamlesh, the PIL said, adding there were huge transactions from the bank accounts of Kripashankar's wife Malti Devi too.
Kripashankar's counsels had opposed the PIL, calling it politically motivated and one that served BJP's interests.