Kripashankar Singh A rags to riches tale

By: | Updated: 23 Feb 2012 08:53 AM

Native of a district called Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh; Kripashankar Singh
has been an astonishing rise and literally rags- to- riches story.

Here are some startling facts about the big gun of Maharashtra's Congress
party, who resigned from the unit after the Bombay High Court ordered a
probe against its Mumbai unit chief for criminal misconduct under the
Prevention of Corruption Act.

After migrating to Mumbai in 1971, Kripashankar started off selling
vegetables on the streets of city. He did not have a roof to stay and it
is amazing to witness a man of his class build luxury houses and offices
in India's financial capital.

Rise to power
During 1970's Singh then joined a company called
Roche India limited company .There he came across some people from the
political circles among whom he should keen interest into entering
politics. His big leap into politics came in 1988 when he became the
Congress secretary and then rising further to become the general secretary
in 1994. During his tenure he won all the state assembly elections held in
1994, 1999 and 2004. Elected to the Legislative Assembly soon after,
Kripashankar was made minister of state for home in the Congress-NCP
government in 1999. His rise and high-end networking skills amazed many in
Indian politics.

North Indian face in Mumbai
The North Indian face of Congress
in Mumbai, Singh, used his political clout and office, to build wealth
disproportionate to his known aides of income. Being an MLA, his monthly
salary is Rs 45,000. However, he made sure that his illegal wealth which
mounts in crores, gets distributed to family members and close aides in
disregard of public and national interest.

Gandhi family backing?
Kripashankar's success mantra was to
stay in good books of the top brass in the Congress and he always made
sure he stays close to the Gandhi family. He then became the median
between the Congress high command and his party ministers from

RTI activist Sanjay Tiwari, who filed Public Interest litigation against
him last year, has alleged that Singh had amassed crores of rupees and
assets disproportionate to his known.

Here's a list of some of his major assets:
Six big flats in
Mumbai's Vile Parle, Bandra, Powai.

Bungalow named 'Tarang' in Bandra's Carter Road area.

His close aides have shops in Bhandup, Panvel and Jaunpur.

Kripashankar has 250 acre land in Ratnagiri's Vadapet area.

Two big offices in Bandra-Kurla Complex.

Mumbai Commissioner of Police Arup Patnaik has been directed to collect
all documentary evidences regarding all properties of Kripashankar and his
family, including his wife, son Narendramohan Singh, daughter Ankita Singh
and daughter-in-law, who will also be prosecuted for aiding in the crime.

It will be interesting to know how clean the investigations will take
place, but the question is, will he really be nailed?

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First Published: 23 Feb 2012 08:53 AM
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