Govt to reply to PIL alleging accumulation of wealth by MLA
The Bombay HC has asked the Maharashtra government, the Centre and other respondents to file by July 15 their response to a PIL demanding a probe into allegations of accumulation of unaccounted wealth by MLA Kripashanker Singh.
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday asked
the Maharashtra government, the Centre and other respondents
to file by July 15 their response to a PIL demanding a probe
into allegations of accumulation of unaccounted wealth by
former state minister and MLA Kripashanker Singh and his
Justice JN Patel also asked Singh and his family members
to file their reply as they also are respondents.
Singh`s counsel denied allegations and said the petition
was not bonafide and should be dismissed.
Mahesh Jethmalani, the petitioner`s counsel, urged the
court to direct the authorities to constitute a special
investigating team of independent persons to probe alleged
accumulation of unaccounted wealth by Singh and his family.
Demanding a probe, Jethmalani argued this was a case
where investigations need to be done by various agencies
including CBI, Income Tax and Enforcement Directorate.
The PIL alleged that the former Jharkhand chief minister
Madhu Koda, currently in jail for his alleged involvement in a
multi-crore Hawala scam, was close to Singh, a Congress MLA,
who thrived in his close proximity and a lot of money
transactions took place between them.
The PIL said Singh`s son is married to Ankita, daughter
of Kamlesh Singh, a minister in the Koda cabinet, also in jail
in connection with the scam.
The petition alleged that certain diaries were recovered
by the investigating team which reflect that Singh received
large sums of money from Koda. Despite this, probe into
Singh`s financial affairs had not been done.
The PIL said Singh had stated in affidavits submitted for
Maharashtra`s Assembly elections in 2004 and 2009 that he had
filed income tax returns for relevant assessment years.
However, an RTI inquiry by petitioner Sanjay Tiwari from
Income Tax authorities said he had not filed his returns for
many years, the PIL claimed and enclosed I-T letters in this
The PIL alleged Singh, Mumbai Congress chief, had not
disclosed immovable properties worth crores of rupees held in
his wife`s name, in the affidavit filed before the election
commission during 2009 Assembly elections and annexed a list
of such properties.
The PIL also wondered how Singh`s wife got access to
large amounts of money when she had no direct sources of
income. There had been large number of forward trading in gold
and silver worth crores of rupees in her name, the PIL alleged
and said losses were paid in cash and unsold stock not
declared in affidavits.
Enclosing documents, the PIL alleged certain unexplained
cash deposits of Rs 1.17 crore with Samata Sahakari Bank were
found in the account of Singh`s wife.