Govt trying to save Mulayam in assets case: Petitioner

Last Updated: Mon, Jul 22, 2013 14:01 hrs

New Delhi: Amid reports that CBI may give a clean chit to Mulayam Singh Yadav in disproportionate assets case, the petitioner in the case Vishwanath Chaturvedi today alleged that the government was trying to save the SP leader to get his support for Food Security Bill.

Vishwanath Chaturvedi, on whose plea the Supreme Court had ordered a CBI probe in March 2007, alleged that a Cabinet minister "threatened" him last Friday, warning against appealing the closure report CBI may be filing.

However, he is determined to appeal any reprieve given to the SP chief by CBI.

"The minister called me to his residence and told me not to repeat what I did in 2008 when I had opposed move to close the case," Chaturvedi said, but did not identify the person.

"CBI has already changed its stand thrice to suit political needs of the government... Congress has struck a deal with Mulayam for his party's support on Food Security Bill and the agency is working to the government's direction, Chaturvedi said.

SP has been opposing the Food Bill which is expected to come up during the Monsoon Session of Parliament beginning on August five.

Chaturvedi, who has been accused by Mulayam of being a "Congress agent", said he will definitely appeal any relief given by CBI to Yadav.

CBI has said it has not taken any final decision on the inquiry into the disproportionate asset case against Mulayam.

Any decision to close the case however, Chaturvedi said, would be "illegal" as CBI had not registered a Regular Case so far despite the court ordering it in 2009 for further probe.

"CBI had done a Preliminary Enquiry and said a case was made out against Mulayam and other family members as warranted... After SC's go ahead, it should have registered a Regular Case. How it can close the case without first lodging it?" he asked.

CBI inquiry into Mulayam's assets may be headed for closure
 The CBI probe into the alleged acquisition of disproportionate assets by Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh and his son Akhilesh Yadav, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, may be headed for a closure with investigators said to have not been able to gather enough evidence.

Agency sources said a preliminary report has been completed which found that increase in the assets of Mulayam Singh and Akhilesh was primarily because of loans from relatives which were later claimed to be gifts.

They said besides the agency could not find any unexplained increase in the assets of the father-son duo.

The sources added that during the period of 1993-2005, investments by Mulayam Singh and Akhilesh grew manifold which make it difficult to ascertain the exact quantum of alleged disproportionate assets.

CBI sources said inquiry has been completed by the investigators who have given their findings to the senior officials to take a view whether to close the case or convert it into a regular case and probe it further.

CBI Director Ranjit Sinha who was away from the Headquarters last week is back in the Capital and is expected to take a decision on the issue.

The sources said that an inquiry could not be said to have been completed unless a final view is taken by the top brass of the agency.

In many cases, they said, decisions of the investigating teams have been overturned as senior officials had spotted angles which could be probed further.

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