The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) Tuesday informed the Bombay High Court that it would need three more months to complete its investigation against former Maharashtra minister and NCP leader Sunil Tatkare facing allegations of money laundering and land grab. The ACB submitted a one-page report before a division bench of Justices N H Patil and S B Shukre, which was hearing a public interest litigation filed by BJP MP Kirit Somaiya.
The court had earlier directed the ACB, Mumbai Police’s Economic Offences Wing and the collector of Raigad to conduct inquiry into the allegations and submit periodical reports.
Somaiya has sought a CBI probe into the charges of money laundering and land grab by various companies floated by Tatkare and his relatives.
Listing 51 such companies with Tatkare’s family members and friends as directors, the PIL has alleged that they purchased benami land in Maharashtra and indulged in money-laundering, causing losses to the public exchequer. In his reply affidavit, Tatkare, who formerly held water resources portfolio in the Maharashtra cabinet, has termed the allegations as false, malicious and politically motivated.