CBI gives clean chit to Mulayam Singh, Akhilesh Yadav in disproportionate assets case; files affidavit in Supreme Court
The CBI said in its Supreme Court affidavit said it had closed the disproportionate assets case inquiry against Akhilesh and Mulayam Singh Yadav on 7 August, 2013.
The probe agency gave a clean chit to the SP leaders in an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court
The CBI said it had closed the investigation on 7 August, 2013, and did not find any evidence to register a Regular Case against the Yadavs
It was alleged that Mulayam had amassed disproportionate assets amounting to over Rs 100 crore during his tenure as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh between 1999 and 2005
New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has given a clean chit to Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav in connection with a disproportionate assets case.
The probe agency gave a clean chit to the SP leaders in an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court.
The CBI, in its affidavit, stated that it had closed the investigation on 7 August, 2013, in the case and did not find any evidence to register a regular case against the father and son.
The apex court had earlier directed the CBI to file a status report in the case. The matter will now be heard in July when the Supreme Court will open after vacation.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta had, in April, sought CBI's response on a petition filed by lawyer Vishwanath Chaturvedi alleging that Mulayam had amassed wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income.
At a previous hearing on 25 March, the top court had issued a notice to the CBI and asked the agency to file its reply within two weeks.
Chaturvedi's petition stated that the agency has "utterly failed" to intimate either the apex court or report to the jurisdictional magistrate in respect of the probe done and its status.
It was alleged that Mulayam had amassed disproportionate assets amounting to over Rs 100 crore during his tenure as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh between 1999 and 2005.
The plea filed in February stated that the CBI has taken a long time to complete the preliminary inquiry in the matter, which has been probed since 2007.
In 2005, Chaturvedi had filed a petition in the apex court, seeking a CBI probe against Mulayam, his sons Akhilesh and Prateek Yadav and daughter-in-law Dimple Yadav under the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly acquiring assets more than their known sources of income.
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