Bombay HC asks police to prosecute Mum Cong chief

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 20:48

Mumbai: In trouble for Mumbai Congress
president Kripashankar Singh, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday
directed the city police commissioner to prosecute him for
"criminal misconduct" under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

"The commissioner of police shall obtain sanction from
the government to prosecute Kripashankar Singh for criminal
misconduct under the Prevention of Corruption Act," a division
bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Roshan Dalvi
said.

The bench further said that the CP Arup Patnaik shall
collect documentary evidence regarding all movable and
immovable properties of Kripashankar and his family, including
his wife, son and daughter-in-law, who will also be prosecuted
for aiding in the crime.

"The immovable properties of Kripashankar shall be
attached. We do not want to pass any directions regarding the
bank accounts of the respondents as it is alleged that the
money might have been washed out," the court said.

The court was hearing a public interest litigation
filed by activist Sanjay Tiwari, who alleged that the Congress
MLA had amassed wealth disproportionate to his known sources
of income.

The 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 court said.

A prayer by Kripashankar`s lawyer seeking a stay on
the order was rejected.

Tiwari has alleged in the petition that Singh had been
close to former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda, currently
in jail for alleged involvement in a multi-crore hawala scam.
He alleged that several monetary transactions had taken place
between them.

Singh`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.

"It is a Political Interest Litigation filed to malign
the image of Singh and his family. Petitioner Sanjay Tiwari,
under the garb of RTI activist, is riding piggyback on the
interests of BJP. It is a case between BJP and Congress," said
senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Singh.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 20:48

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