The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Thursday told the Bombay High Court that it had found prima facie substance in allegations against former Maharashtra Medical Education Minister Vijaykumar Gavit and his family members with regard to a disproportionate assets case.

ACB said that on holding a discreet inquiry into the assets of Gavit and his family, it had found material against them and submitted a proposal to the state government on March 5 to seek permission for an open inquiry against the minister. However, the permission is still awaited, an affidavit filed by ACB in response to a PIL said.

A bench of Justice Abhay Oka had earlier asked the minister to file an affidavit by March 7, declaring sources of income from which he purchased properties by paying cash as alleged in the PIL. As no such affidavit has been filed by Gavit so far, the court gave him one last chance and asked him to explain within four weeks the sources of his income from which he had bought those properties.

Vijaykumar Gavit
Vijaykumar Gavit 

As regards the proposal of ACB seeking permission to institute an open inquiry into the assets of Gavit, the court asked the government to decide on the issue within six weeks.

The PIL, seeking prosecution of Gavit and his family members, was on Thursday admitted by the bench which deferred the hearing till June for further interim relief.

ACB further informed the court that even before the PIL was filed, several complaints were filed with them against Gavit and his family during the period 2009 to 2012. Hence, it held a discreet inquiry and found that prima facie there was substance against them with regard to assets disproportionate to known sources of income, ACB said.