MUMBAI: In another big blow to the Congress in Maharashtra, the Bombay High Court has directed the police to prosecute former home minister and city party chief Kripashankar Singh in a disproportionate assets case.
Incidentally, Congress leader Mohan Prakash said on Wednesday that Kripashankar had tendered his resignation on February 17, the day the civic poll results were announced, and the party had accepted the same. The Division Bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Roshan Dalvi on Wednesday directed the Mumbai Police Commissioner to seek sanction for the prosecution of Kripashankar from the state government for criminal misconduct under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The court made the direction in a PIL filed by one Sanjay Tiwari. The PIL stated that Kripashankar amassed assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. The previous significant order of the High Court in the PIL was to institute an Anti-corruption Bureau (ACB) inquiry into the allegations made in the PIL. The Bench said the police would be treating the PIL as an FIR.