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SC stops monitoring probe against ex-Mumbai Cong chief

A Bench led by Justice H L Dattu asked the Mumbai police to prepare its final report.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: September 3, 2013 12:33:28 am

In the wake of the final investigation report submitted by the Mumbai police,the Supreme Court Monday stopped monitoring the probe against former Mumbai Congress chief Kripashankar Singh and his family for allegedly amassing assets through corrupt means.

A Bench led by Justice H L Dattu asked the Mumbai police to prepare its final report on the basis of the concluded investigation and place it before the concerned special court for corruption in accordance with the law. After the final report is submitted,the Bench said,the trial court will adjudicate as per the law.

While asking the Supreme Court registry to hand over the probe reports to the state counsel for placing it before the trial court,the court said it did not have to currently delve into allegations of bias against the Mumbai police for not investigating Singh and his kin despite repeated complaints. The Bench decided to put an end to monitoring after Singh’s counsel Mukul Rohatgi submitted that since the investigation was complete,the court should put an end to monitoring the probe and remit the matter to a trial court for proceedings.

Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani,appearing for PIL petitioners Sanjay Tiwari and others,submitted that they should be permitted to have the copy of final report or closure report,which may be filed by the investigators. The court disposed the petitions by sending the matter to a trial court for adjudication,with a liberty to the writ petitioners to approach the same court with their requests for copies of the final report.

Singh had resigned as Mumbai Congress Chief after the High Court directed the police commissioner to prosecute him and his family members for criminal misconduct under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

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