SC to De­cide on Re­open­ing of DA Case

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Sa­man­waya.Rau­tray @times­group.com

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wed­nes­day brushed aside the CBI’s plea for dis­miss­ing a pub­lic in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion de­mand­ing a fresh first in­for­ma­tion re­port against BSP leader and for­mer Ut­tar Pradesh chief min­is­ter Mayawati on the ba­sis of new ev­i­dence al­leg­ing dis­pro­por­tion­ate as­sets. The court said it will ex­am­ine for it­self whether a new FIR is war­ranted in the case, a devel­op­ment that could po­ten­tially prove em­bar­rass­ing to Mayawati ahead of the 2017 assem­bly elec­tions in the state.

A bench, com­pris­ing jus­tices AR Dave and Adarsh K Goel, dis­missed At­tor­ney Gen­eral Mukul Ro­hatgi’s ar­gu­ment that the CBI had no other ev­i­dence against the for­mer CM other than what had al­ready been scru­ti­nised by the In­come Tax Ap­pel­late Tri­bunal and the high court and could not file a fresh FIR against Mayawati. Both the tri­bunal and the high court had held af­ter seek­ing an ex­pla­na­tion from Mayawati that her wealth was not il­le­gal and was part of gifts she had got from her sup­port­ers, and the CBI had ac­cepted that po­si­tion, Ro­hatgi said.

How­ever, the bench posted the pe­ti­tion, which is seek­ing fil­ing of a fresh FIR against her un­der the Pre­ven­tion of Cor­rup­tion Act, for fur­ther hear­ing at a later stage.

The bench did so af­ter it had heard out the lawyer for the PIL pe­ti­tioner Kam­lesh Verma, who said that the ear­lier probe re­lated to a dif­fer­ent pe­riod, that is, 2003-2004. Since then, his lawyer Kamini Jaiswal said, the pe­ti­tioner had got hold of fresh ev­i­dence to show al­leged dis­pro­por­tion­ate as­sets ac­cu­mu­lated by Mayawati be­tween 1997 and 2003.

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