IAS officer moves HC in assets case

IAS officer moves HC in assets case

Senior IAS officer Kapil Mohan has filed a petition before the High Court seeking to quash the Lokayukta proceedings against him. 

The Lokayukta police has filed an FIR against Kapil Mohan, Principal Secretary, Department of Sports and Youth Empowerment, and his wife Dr Richa Saxena in a disproportionate assets case. 

Based on a tip-off by the Income Tax Department, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which was probing the cricket betting case, had searched the 6th-floor flat of Maple Block at Golden Grand properties in Yeshwantpur on August 5. During the raid, the CID had seized Rs 4.37 crore in cash, gold and diamonds worth crores of rupees and property documents.

The FIR has been registered under Sections 13 (1) (e) and 13 (2) of Prevention of Corruption Act.

Kapil Mohan, in his petition, has contended that there is ‘reasoned order’ by the Lokayukta to conduct an investigation into the matter and has sought directions from the court to stay and quash the Lokayukta proceedings against him.  Justice Rathnakala adjourned the hearing to next week.

‘Don’t take coercive action’
The High Court has directed the Bidadi police and B N Shive Gowda, a driver working for the Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages Private Limited on contract not to precipitate the matter, and not to take coercive action against the directors and other staff of company.
 
The driver has lodged a complaint against the company including the directors, seeking compensation for the injuries he suffered at the company’s plant. Justice Rathnakala ordered notice to the Bidadi police and the driver in a petition filed by Vinod R Jakati, the Human Resources Manager of the company. Jakati has contended that Gowda was injured at the plant after a bay wall collapsed on him.

The petitioner has stated that though the company bore the medical expenses of the driver, he continued to demand more money, staged a dharna preventing employees from entering the factory premises. Gowda, in his complaint, has named Vinod and 12 others as accused including three foreigners who are directors of parent company Coca Cola in the United States. 

The petitioners have sought stay and quashing of the FIR.

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