Kripa asset: Police to seek help from I-T, ED

An FIR under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the IPC was registered against Singh.

Mumbai: The city police is likely to take
assistance of the Income Tax department and the Enforcement
Directorate for probe into the disproportionate assets case
involving senior Congress leader Kripashankar Singh, his
family members and aides.

"We may take the help of IT and ED departments during the
probe," a senior police official said on Wednesday.

An FIR under relevant sections of the Prevention of
Corruption Act and the IPC was registered against Singh at
Nirmal Nagar Police Station at suburban Bandra yesterday and
the matter is being investigated by Mumbai Police Commissioner
Arup Patnaik under the supervision of Bombay High Court.

Apart from Singh, his wife, son, daughter and son-in-law
besides one more family member along with others have been
booked under the IPC sections 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 201
(disappearance of evidence), 420 (cheating), 465 and 467
(forgery), and relevant sections of the Prevention of
Corruption Act.

The high court had on February 22 directed the city
police commissioner to prosecute Singh for "criminal
misconduct" under the Prevention of Corruption Act, while
hearing a PIL filed by activist Sanjay Tiwari who alleged that
the Congress MLA had amassed wealth disproportionate to his
known sources of income.

In the petition, Tiwari claimed that the former Mumbai
Pradesh Congress chief had been close to former Jharkhand
chief minister Madhu Koda, currently in jail for alleged
involvement in a multi-crore hawala scam. He alleged several
monetary transactions had taken place between them.

"Since Koda`s case had been thoroughly probed by the ED,
we would take their help on how to go about in this matter,"
said an official.

Singh`s son Narendra Mohan is married to Ankita, daughter
of Kamlesh Singh, who was a minister in the Koda cabinet and
is now in jail in connection with the hawala scam.

Ankita had received Rs 1.75 crore in her account from
Kamlesh, the PIL said, adding there were huge transactions
from the bank accounts of Kripashankar`s wife Malti Devi too.

Singh resigned as the Mumbai Congress chief citing the
party`s poor showing in the recently held civic elections on
the same day the High Court had asked the police to seek
sanction for his prosecution.

Koda has been accused of amassing illegal wealth worth
over Rs 1,340 crore in connivance with four of his close
associates including the chief executive of a Mumbai-based
bullion firm.

Evidence against Koda was secured during countrywide
raids, including on the premises of his associates, by the ED
and the IT department in October 2009 which allegedly showed
huge illegal investments and hawala transactions during Koda`s
tenure as the chief minister.

Koda, arrested on November 30, 2009 and issued charge
sheet last March, is currently lodged in the Birsa Munda jail
in Ranchi.