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SIT Grills Kripashankar's Son in DA Case
Days after former Mumbai Congress Chief Kripashankar Singh was questioned by the SIT, probing alleged amassing of disproportionate assets, his son was also grilled in this connection, police said today.

Kripashankar Singh's son Narendra Mohan Singh was grilled for several hours on Sunday at the police headquarters by the officials of the Special Investigation Team (SIT), a senior police official said.

Kripashankar had been questioned twice in connection with the case.

As Narendra Mohan had made more number of transactions as compared to his father, he was questioned in detail, the IPS official said adding that he was co-operative during the questioning.

However, when asked, the official did not reveal whether Narendra or his other family members would be summoned for questioning.

The Supreme Court had, in September, granted eight weeks time to the SIT to complete its probe into the alleged amassing of wealth by Kripashankar, disproportionate to his known sources of income.

The court had asked Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh to head the team, replacing Arup Patnaik, who was elevated to the DGP rank.

The Maharashtra government has already submitted to the Supreme Court two reports on the SIT probe in sealed covers about the alleged benami assets of Kripashankar and his family.

The first report was filed on April 16 in compliance with the March 13 order of the Supreme Court, which had asked the SIT to probe and collect documentary evidence regarding all movable and immovable assets of Singh and his family, including his wife, son, daughter-in-law and daughter and file a report in a sealed cover.

The apex court had passed its order on petitions filed by Singh and his family members seeking a stay on the Bombay high court order of February 22, directing the then city police commissioner to prosecute them for "criminal misconduct" under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The Bombay High Court had also directed the police to attach the immovable properties of the Congress MLA.

Challenging the high court order, Singh and his family members had contended in their pleas that the order was passed on a petition, which was politically motivated.

The high court had in its order also said that if required, the Mumbai police commissioner can approach the competent authority to seek sanction to prosecute Singh.

The high court had passed the order on a PIL filed by activist Sanjay Tiwari, who had accused the Congress MLA of amassing wealth, far exceeding his known sources of income.

The court, while keeping the PIL pending, had ordered the Police Commissioner to file a compliance report on April 19.

Tiwari has alleged in the petition that Kripashankar Singh had been close to former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda, currently in jail for his alleged involvement in a multi-crore rupees hawala scam. He alleged that several monetary transactions had taken place between them.

Singh's son Narendra Mohan is married to Ankita, daughter of Kamlesh Singh, who was a minister in the Koda cabinet and is now in jail in connection with the hawala scam.

Ankita had received Rs 1.75 crore in her account from Kamlesh, the PIL alleged, adding that there were huge transactions from the bank accounts of Singh's wife Malti Devi too.
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