Police on Tuesday registered an FIR against senior Congress leader
Kripashankar Singh under anti-corruption law in connection with a
disproportionate assets case; nearly a week after the Bombay High Court
had directed it to prosecute him for "criminal misconduct".
"An FIR under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and
the IPC has been registered against Singh at Nirmal Nagar Police Station
at suburban Bandra," a top police official said.
The former Mumbai Pradesh Congress chief is also facing charges of
cheating, forgery, destruction of evidence and criminal conspiracy, the
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 public interest litigation filed by
activist Sanjay Tiwari who alleged the Congress MLA had amassed wealth
disproportionate to his known sources of income.
In the petition, Tiwari claimed 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 several monetary transactions had taken place between them.
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.
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