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Updated: October 17, 2009 19:01 IST

Case against Amar Singh to be handed over to Kolkata police

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Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh addresses a press conference in New Delhi on Friday. Singh on has denied accusations of involvement in a Rs 500-crore money laundering scam and said he would file a defamation case against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati.
PTI Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh addresses a press conference in New Delhi on Friday. Singh on has denied accusations of involvement in a Rs 500-crore money laundering scam and said he would file a defamation case against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati.

The case lodged against Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh and others for alleged financial fraud amounting to Rs 500 crore would be handed over to Kolkata police for further investigation, Uttar Pradesh government said on Saturday.

“Preliminary investigation has revealed that majority of the companies mentioned in the FIR were registered in Kolkata. Therefore, it has been decided to transfer the case to Kolkata police for further investigation,” Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh told reporters here.

“DIG Kanpur is taking necessary steps for transferring the case to Kolkata police. A formal request has also been made with Kolkata’s Commissioner of Police in this regard,” Mr. Shashank Shekhar Singh said.

“During preliminary inquiry, the station house office examined the records and found that majority of the companies named in the FIR were registered in Kolkata. Therefore, it was decided that it would be appropriate if the case is investigated by the Kolkata police,” the Cabinet Secretary said.

On October 15, one Shiva Kant Tiwari lodged an FIR with Babupurwa police station in Kanpur district against Mr. Amar Singh and his wife Pankaja accusing them of amalgamating companies allegedly owned or run by them for converting black money into white, a charge he dismissed as “conjecture“.

The name of actor Amitabh Bachchan also figured in the 14-page complaint as director of one of the companies, ADG Brij Lal had said on Friday.

The complaint alleged that between 2003 and 2008, Mr. Amar Singh and his wife had amalgamated their companies with other holdings and had amassed nearly Rs 500 crore in the process.

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