Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday asked Enforcement Directorate, Income Tax and Anti-corruption Bureau to go ahead with their probe into the alleged accumulation of unaccounted wealth by Mumbai Congress chief Kripashankar Singh.
Justices Ranjana Desai and R V More observed, "We hold that the Public interest litigation (PIL) against Kripashankar Singh is maintainable."
"Let the probe by investigating agencies (ED, IT and ACB) go on," the judges said and listed the PIL for hearing after four weeks.
Earlier, the investigating agencies had submitted their reports to the court in a sealed cover on progress made in the investigations. The judges had perused the reports and also asked the agencies to continue with the probe.
On July 7, the bench had reserved ruling on the maintainability of the PIL after hearing both sides. While the Mumbai Congress Chief argued that the PIL was politically motivated at the behest of BJP and aimed at maligning his image as well that of his family, the petitioner Sanjay Tiwari denied allegations of political rivalry.
The PIL urged the court to direct the Government to constitute a Special Investigating Team (SIT) of independent persons to probe alleged accumulation of unaccounted wealth by Kripashankar and his relatives.
The PIL alleged that the former Chief Minister of Jharkhand Madhu Koda currently in jail for his alleged involvement in a multi-crore hawala scam, was close to Kripashankar, also a Congress MLA, who thrived in his close proximity and a lot of money transactions took place between them.