Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today 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 J N 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.