Arms case against Kripa transferred to Crime Branch
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The case filed against former Mumbai Congress chief Kripashankar Singh at Nirmal Nagar police station on Friday night for possession of live ammunition exceeding permissible limits was transferred to the Crime Branch on Monday on the orders of the city police chief.
Singh was booked under relevant sections of the Arms Act after a Special Investigating Team (SIT) found nearly 400 live rounds of ammunition from his residence in Bandra (East) while attaching properties on Bombay High Court's order on March 2.
The police had then checked the arms licences given to Singh and concluded that he had about 110 bullets more than the permissible limit for his licences.
The team said it found 14 rounds of a 12-bore gun, 72 rounds of a 0.32-bore weapon, nine rounds of a 7.65-bore weapon and 15 rounds of an 8-mm weapon from his house.
Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Deven Bharti said, "We have received the papers from Nirmal Nagar police station and will conduct an investigation as per the norms laid down by the law." Officers said it would be up to the investigating officer to arrest Singh.
On February 22, a Division Bench of the HC had directed the police to file an FIR against Singh and attach properties belonging to him and his family members under the Prevention of Corruption Act. The court also directed Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik to probe the matter and submit a report by April 19.
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