New Delhi: Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Shahid Siddiqui on Friday accused the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) of committing technical errors in its probe against Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati in the disproportionate assets case.
He said the Supreme Court verdict has made it clear that the country's apex investigating agency doesn't work professionally, but it functions politically.
"We will have to look into the judgement and see what the Supreme Court has said, because what I can see is there is no clean cheat, but this judgment is against CBI and not in favour of Mayawati. This judgment has also shown that CBI doesn't work professionally, but it functions politically," Siddiqui said.
"And this lack of professionalism in the CBI, leads to this type of situation. It also shows that the CBI is not honest in its functioning. Therefore, they allow those who are involved, those who are corrupt. They go scot-free because of the behavior, or because of the functioning of the CBI," he added.
He further said the judgment exposes the fact that CBI was supposed to investigate the Taj corridor issue, and not the disproportionate assets case of Mayawati. Therefore, it is the wrong functioning on the part of the CBI, which has led to this situation, he added
The Supreme Court, which provided relief to Mayawati in the disproportionate assets case, pulled up the CBI for initiating the probe against her without specific directions from the court.
The apex court said the method adopted by the CBI was 'unwarranted' and added that the agency proceeded against her without properly understanding its orders passed in the Taj Corridor scam.
The apex court said there is no finding in the CBI's status report of September 2008 that Mayawati had allegedly amassed disproportionate assets during the period 1995-2003.
"There is no material report of disproportionate assets case against the petitioner (Mayawati) in the Taj Corridor scam," said an apex court bench headed by Justice P. Sathasivam.
The apex court said the investigating agency exceeded its jurisdiction by filing a DA case against Mayawati, as there was no such direction from it.
"The CBI should have lodged only one FIR (in Taj Corridor scam). There was no direction for lodging a second FIR (against Mayawati) by the Supreme Court," the apex court bench said. (ANI)