The Bombay High Court on Wednesday disposed of a petition filed by MP Kirit Somaiya to probe into allegations of money laundering and land grab against former state water resources minister and NCP leader Sunil Tatkare. The public interest litigation was disposed of after the state government informed the court that they were carrying out an inquiry into these allegations.
The PIL was filed in 2012. During the pendancy of the petition, the Ani-Corruption Bureau had initiated an inquiry against Tatkare in 2014. The lawyer appearing for Somaiya, Lalan Gupta, informed the court that Somaiya had no objection to the petition being disposed of as an inquiry had already been initiated.
“The counsel for the petitioner submits that complaints were filed by petitioner on July 31, 2012. The ACB and Enforcement Directorate have already initiated an inquiry against Tatkare. Somaiya has been called by investigating agencies to participate in investigations. In view of these developments, the petition is disposed of,” said Justices Naresh Patil and S B Shukre.
The acting Advocate General Anil Singh informed the court that the state authorities entrusted with the inquiry were looking into allegations made by the petitioner. Somaiya sought a CBI probe into the charges of money laundering and land grab by various companies floated by Tatkare and his relatives.