Opposition parties have questioned the Maharashtra government and the role of the Congress in what they say is a delay in action against former city Congress president Kripashankar Singh as police began seizing his property across the city on Friday.
Singh had moved the Supreme Court on Thursday challenging Bombay High Court order asking Mumbai police commissioner to register a case against him for alleged disproportionate assets.
The Mumbai police formed SIT two days after the High Court ordered his prosecution on February 22. The SIT registered a case against Singh and his family members at Nirmal Nagar police station. Police on Friday raided various premises belonging to Singh.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray questioned,why there was delay from the government in initiating action against Singh.
Why did the government take so long to act? Inquiry should be made against the state government as well, Thackeray said while addressing a press conference.
He questioned how Singh had been able to amass property and alleged local Congress leaders had harboured Singh and led to his rise in a short span. He said inquiry against Singh would unearth several names and,therefore,intentional delay was being made,he alleged.
Meanwhile,BJP and Shiv Sena have questioned the delay from the Congress regarding Singh. Singh was removed from the post of Congress city chief within hours of the Bombay High Court order,though Congress leaders said it was due to partys poor performance in the Mumbai civic elections.
Sena MP Sanjay Raut claimed that there was pressure from the Chief Minister over Mumbai police commissioner for taking action against Singh.
Some documents were burnt at his residence and newspapers have printed pictures. Was the government giving him time to hide evidence, said Raut.
BJP leader of opposition in the legislative council Vinod Tawde questioned why the Congress was not taking action against Singh.