Updated on 10 Aug, 2022 10:25 PM IST BY KHABARBHARAT24.CO.IN
Jabalpur . A pair bench of High Court Chief Justice Ravi Malimath and Justice Vishal Mishra disposed of the PIL filed by former Samajwadi Party MLA from Balaghat Lanji, Kishor Samrite, with a direction. The High Court has directed the Lokayukta to conduct a lawful inquiry into the allegations of disproportionate assets against the Chairman of the State OBC Commission and BJP MLA Gaurishankar Bisen. Bisen was a minister in the BJP government from 2008 to 2018. He currently has the status of a cabinet minister. It is noteworthy that Kishor Samrite had filed a public interest litigation in 2012 alleging that the then cabinet minister Gaurishankar Bisen did not have any significant assets in the year 1984. There has been an unusual increase in his assets while being MLA and minister. Many valuable properties have been bought in the name of him and his family members and other relatives. Details of properties given by Bisen to the Election Commission between 2003 and 2011 were also submitted along with the petition. It was said in the petition that even after giving complaints to the concerned authorities, no action was taken due to which the petition was filed in the High Court. On the other hand, senior advocates Ravish Agarwal and Swapnil Ganguly, appearing for Bisen, said that the matter has been investigated twice. The allegations were not proved in that investigation. The petition alleged that Bisen bought a flat worth Rs 50 lakh in Pune in the name of his daughter Mausam. Bought a land worth Rs 2.5 crore in front of the Balaghat collector’s residence. Purchased land worth Rs 91 lakh in the name of wife Rekha Bisen in Pateria campus of Balaghat. He bought a factory making sanitary pipes for 90 lakh rupees. Purchased agricultural land worth Rs 7 crore near Kothari Dal Mill Garra and five acres near Madrasa in Varaseoni. In Balaghat, 11 acres of land has been bought as a benami property for crores of rupees. The High Court, in an order passed in June 2014, directed the Registry to hand over the copy of the petition to the Lokayukta. The court had directed the Lokayukta to investigate the complaint and take action as per law. Minister Bisen had reached the Supreme Court against this order of the High Court. The Supreme Court had directed the High Court to hear the petition again. After this, the High Court started hearing the petition afresh in March 2017.