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Cong leader Kripashankar Singh discharged in assets case

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

A special court here today discharged in a case of for want of sanction for his prosecution. In April 2015,the Economic Offences Wing of had filed a charge sheet against Singh, a former of Mumbai as well as a former state minister, and his relatives. A had filed a complaint against him with the and also a PIL in the in 2014, alleging that Singh had amassed wealth which was disproportionate to his known sources of income. Following the high court's directions, the ACB and EOW conducted inquiry and concluded that the assets held by Singh were disproportionate to his income. In November 2016, Singh filed an application seeking discharge from the case in the special court, claiming that his prosecution was without the necessary sanction. While he was an MLA in 2014, the probe authorities had sought government sanction to prosecute him but the same was denied twice by the governor, he said. In 2015, when he ceased to be an MLA, the EOW filed a charge sheet against him even though it did not have any fresh material to charge him with, he contended. Kripashankar's K H Giri said, "The took note of the fact that the EOW had merely waited for my client to demit public office to file its charge sheet.

It had no fresh material against him." Singh told that the judgement proved that an innocent person will get justice, even if it is delayed. "I had to go through many hardships in the last 8-9 years, but I am happy that the court finally gave me justice," he said.

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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 21:40 IST
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