SIT records Kripashankar statement

Kripashankar Singh

Singh was questioned for over an hour on the ownership of several properties allegedly acquired by him and his family members in Mumbai, Ratnagiri and Jaunpur

A Special Investigation Team (SIT) under the Mumbai Police Commissioner questioned former Mumbai Congress chief Kripashankar Singh on Monday in connection with a disproportionate assets case filed against him.

Singh was questioned for over an hour on the ownership of several properties allegedly acquired by him and his family members in Mumbai, Ratnagiri and Jaunpur, as well as the sale of some of these to other parties, sources said.

On February 22, the Bombay High Court directed then Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik to investigate the case against Singh, who resigned from his post as city Congress head shortly after the ruling. The court's order came during the hearing of a PIL, filed by activist Sanjay Tiwari last year. Tiwari had alleged that Singh amassed crores of rupees disproportionate to his known sources of income.

On February 28, Nirmal Nagar police in Bandra (East) registered an FIR against Singh, his wife Maltidevi, son Narendra Kumar alias Sanjay Singh, daughter-in-law Ankita, daughter Sunita, and son-in-law Vijay Pratap Singh. They were booked under sections of Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Penal Code. A few days later, teams from the Mumbai Police conducted simultaneous raids and attached properties listed by Tiwari in his petition.

SIT has already submitted two reports to the Supreme Court in sealed covers on the progress in the probe. The apex court in September granted SIT eight weeks to complete its probe and asked Mumbai Police chief Satyapal Singh to replace Arup Patnaik as the head of SIT after Patnaik was elevated to the rank of Director General (Maharashtra State Security Corporation).

The Mumbai Police Crime Branch is simultaneously investigating a case against Singh registered under the Arms Act in April. He was booked after the SIT found around 400 live rounds from his residence in Bandra (East) when it was attaching properties on March 2.

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