Kripashankar case: HC questions inaction of ED, I-T, ACB
The Bombay HC questioned the inaction of ED, Income Tax department and state Anti Corruption Bureau for not launching criminal prosecution against former state minister and Congress MLA Kripashankar Singh.
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday
questioned the inaction of Enforcement Directorate, Income Tax
department and state Anti Corruption Bureau for not launching
criminal prosecution against former state minister and
Congress MLA Kripashankar Singh.
Court also made inquiry about transactions between
Singh`s son and D B Realty.
The division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and
Justice D G Karnik posed the question, why no action had been
initiated after going through reports submitted by the three
Court was hearing a PIL that alleges that Singh has
amassed wealth disproportionate to his known sources of
"No criminal prosecution has been lodged on the basis
of these reports? According to ACB report, Kripashankar has
disproportionate assets up to Rs 43 lakh," the bench remarked.
Additional Solicitor General Darius Khambatta who
appeared for ED and IT, and state Advocate General Ravi Kadam
(for ACB) told the court that three agencies were sharing
information and conducting preliminary enquiry; and would
require more time.
The bench then directed the three agencies to share
their reports, conduct further probe, and submit another
report by April 28.
"What about the so-called interest-free loans received
by the son? Is it not possible to connect the two?" Chief
Justice Shah asked referring to the Rs 4.5 crore deposited in
accounts of Singh`s son and daughter-in-law by D B Realty.
Khambata said ED would require more time to probe this.
Petitioner Sanjay Tiwari had alleged last week that
Dynamix Realty, a subsidiary of D B Realty which has come
under the scanner in the 2G spectrum scam, had deposited Rs
4.5 crore in accounts of Singh`s son Narendra Mohan and
daughter-in-law Ankita in 2008-09.
"The IT inquiry is almost done. The agency has identified
the sources of funds of Kripashankar`s son. ED would now see
if there is any money laundering. ED has found no evidence to
indicate nexus between Singh and Madhu Koda," Khambatta said.
The PIL alleges that Singh, Mumbai Congress Chief, had
close relations with former Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Madhu
Koda, currently in jail for alleged involvement in a hawala
scam, and a lot of monetary transactions took place between
The PIL further states that 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, and Ankita
had received Rs 1.75 crore in her account from Kamlesh.