Kripashankar Singh quits as Mumbai Cong chief

New Delhi: Kripashankar Singh on Wednesday resigned as Mumbai Congress chief, an announcement that was made by the party hours after the Bombay High Court ordered his prosecution under the Prevention of Corruption Act and attachment of his immovable properties.

The former minister of state for home in Maharashtra, had sent in his resignation last week after the party's poor showing in the civic elections, senior leader in charge of party affairs in Maharashtra Mohan Prakash told reporters.

The resignation has been accepted and the party is looking for a "new face" to succeed him, Prakash said.

The AICC had already hinted that Singh could be on his way out in the wake of the defeat of the Congress-NCP alliance at the hands of the Shiv Sena-BJP-RPI combine in the Mumbai municipal corporation polls.

Earlier in the day, the high court asked Mumbai police to seek sanction for prosecution of Singh under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Much before the polls, there were demands for the removal of Singh following allegations of amassing property disproportionate to his sources of income.

In the PIL, which has been treated as an FIR by the high court, petitioner Sanjay Tiwari alleged 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.

"The assessment is still on," Prakash said when asked whether any more heads are likely to roll in the wake of the party's poor showing in Mumbai and several other Municipal Corporation and its less-than-expected performance in the zila parishad polls.

Prakash, however, dismissed suggestions of resignation by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.

"It is a good thing that the chief minister has campaigned all over the state and why are others troubled by it. Why are others troubled with the chief minister associating himself with the people in their good and bad times," he wondered.

Chavan had turned the Mumbai polls into a UPA versus NDA affair and made it a prestige issue by going in for an alliance with the NCP despite reservations from several local leaders.