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Kripashankar Singh misused position of Minister: PIL

Last Updated: Friday, February 18, 2011 - 19:36

Mumbai: In a PIL alleging unaccountable
assets owned by Mumbai Congress Chief Kripashankar Singh, the
petitioner Friday filed an affidavit in the Bombay High Court
alleging misuse of official position by Singh for personal
benefits and seeking a direction to Enforcement Directorate,
Income Tax and Anti-corruption Bureau to widen scope of probe.

The affidavit alleged huge transactions in the bank
account of Kripashankar`s daughter-in-law, misuse of powers
by issuing 104 gun licences to a private security firm in
Mumbai during his tenure as minister of state for home in
Maharashtra, false declaration of educational qualifications
by him and illegal formation of a housing society.

The PIL, filed by Sanjay Tiwari, would come up for
hearing on March 3 before a bench headed by Chief Justice
Mohit Shah. The affidavit would also be heard on the same day.

The PIL had linked Kripashankar to the multi-crore
Madhu Koda scandal and demanded a probe into his
"unaccountable" assets. The agencies had informed the court
that they were already conducting a probe. However, the court
decided to monitor investigations.

The petitioner had alleged that in 2006 Kripashankar was
AICC observer for Jharkhand and was instrumental in installing
Madhu Koda government. The PIL alleged that Kripashankar`s son
Sanjay is married to daughter of a minister in the then Koda`s
cabinet. Kripashankar`s name also surfaced in Koda`s diary as
a beneficiary, it alleged.

The PIL also alleged that Kripashankar and his family
members had multiple bank accounts and he himself has two PAN
cards. His wife too has two PAN cards, the petition alleged
and listed a series of properties owned by the family.

The affidavit, filed in the High Court today, said that
Kripashankar`s son Sanjay is married to daughter of Kamlesh
Singh, who is an aide of Koda. The petitioner said that ED
must look into the bank accounts of Ankita (Kamlesh`s
daughter). Soon after her marriage to Sanjay in 2008, her
account shows entries of more than Rs 1.75 crore.

"The ED must look into Ankita Singh`s account to
ascertain the source of money," the petitioner said, alleging
that this was "obviously" received from Kamlesh Singh.

The affidavit alleged that as minister of state for
home, Kripashankar has granted 104 gun licenses to Bombay
Intelligence Security (India) Ltd. "How can so many licenses
be issued to one company?," it asked.

It further alleged that Malti Devi (Kripashankar`s wife)
has acquired 258 acres of land at Vadapeth in Ratnagiri
district, whose market value is nearly Rs 25 crores and this
has not been denied by them. The land was shown in the name of
Ramniwas Satyanarayan Singh, Santosh Ramniwas Singh and
Maltidevi Singh. Santosh is director of Bombay Intelligence
Security (India) Ltd and Santosh Carewell Services Pvt Ltd, a
sister concern of BIS, in which Krisashankar was a director.

The petitioner also demanded a through probe into the
education qualifications of Kripashankar Singh as he had cited
different educational qualifications at different points of
time. In 1994 and 1999, Kripashankar had stated in nomination
form for contesting elections that he was B.Sc while in 2004
and 2009 he declared that he had passed 12th standard. In an
RTI, the college declared that he has not passed 12th exam.

The affidavit further said that Kripashankar stays in
suburban Bandra in a building which had come up on a plot of
land reserved for backward class. It alleged that the plot was
deserved to pave way for a housing society.


First Published: Friday, February 18, 2011 - 19:36

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