Friday, July 6, 2012

SC quashes CBI probe against Mayawati in disproportionate assets case

In a relief for Mayawat, theSupreme Court on Friday said that there was no material evidence against the BSP chief in the alleged disproportionate assets case against her.

The apex court said it had never asked the CBIto investigate Mayawati's alleged disproportionate assets while ordering registration of FIR into Rs 17 crore Taj Heritage Corridor scam.

"The CBI should not have lodged disproportionate assets case against Mayawatias there was no direction regarding it from this court," the SC bench observed.

The apex court quashed the FIR lodged by the CBI in the DA case against Mayawati terming it as illegal.

The CBI had lodged 2 FIRs, one in Taj Heritage Corridor scam and the other against Mayawati.

Mayawati had filed a petition in May 2008, seeking quashing of the criminal proceedings against her in the DA case, lodged by the CBI over eight years ago. She had alleged it was an act of political vendetta against her.

A bench headed by P Sathasivam had reserved its judgment on May 1 after two-hour-long hearing during which the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister had accused the CBI of "fixing" the DA case against her, a charge refuted by the agency.

Mayawati had said the bench should direct the CBI to consider the aspect of order passed by the Income Tax Tribunal holding that her income was genuine and the order had also been upheld by the Delhi high court.

The CBI had said there was "ample evidence" to show that she had amassed wealth disproportionate to her known sources of income. Mayawati had claimed she had received the money as donations from party workers.

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