Rajya Sabha MP and former Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Amar Singh on Friday refused to comment on the Akhilesh Yadav Government's move to downgrade probe against him in the money laundering case from Economic Offences Wing to local district police, saying the matter is sub-judice and that it is lying pending in the larger bench of the Allahabad High Court.
"I don't want to comment about it because the matter is sub-judice. The matter is lying pending in the larger bench of the Allahabad High Court. The final hearing is yet to take place and the final judgement is yet to be pronounced. There are certain matters, which are within the purview of judiciary," said Singh.
"Judiciary and lawyers will talk about that. I don't want to get caught under the wild fire or these legal hassles. So, I prefer to maintain a silence. And so far as Samajwadi Party Government's decision is concerned, I will only say that I don't have any personal animosity or enmity with anybody," he added.
Amar Singh said it is an irony of fate that he was expelled from the Samajwadi Party for raising important issues that would have been of great significance for the party in the long run.
"In Samajwadi Party I raised a question not outside the purview of the party, but in the Parliamentary Board. Wherein I raised this particular point that in the manifesto the issue of computer and use of Internet, the use of tractor for cultivating field and use of English is being approached in the manifesto; this is not going to be liked in a country where in a small semi-urban district headquarters' like Jaunpur and Azamgarh now you can see cyber cafe and the youth now use Facebook...This present modern generation even in semi-urban areas is identified with the use of computers," said Singh.
"And to oppose English is also not correct because the grand daughter, Akhilesh's daughter...once I called Timtim and said who is your favourite, she was talking about Hanna Motana and Miley Cyrus," she added.
It may be recalled here that the Allahabad High Court had earlier in October this year ordered the state government to get the criminal charges (under IPC) probed by a higher agency.
In his plea, Amar Singh had contended that since Enforcement Directorate had after a probe found that the allegations against him were baseless, all proceedings against him should be quashed.
The court, which rejected his plea, directed the state government for nominating an agency to investigate the matter.
The allegation in the petition was that Amar Singh had misappropriated crores of rupees when he was functioning has Chairman of UP State Development Council. (ANI)