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No relief for Mulayam, Akhilesh in disproportionate assets case

Posted on Dec 14, 06:19AM | IANS

In a setback to Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and his sons, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Prateek Yadav, the Supreme Court Thursday declined to revisit its earlier order directing a CBI probe into allegations of corruption against them.

A bench of Chief Justice Altmas Kabir and Justice H.L. Dattu, while pronouncing their judgment on Mulayam Singh's plea seeking review of the court's March 1, 2007 verdict directing CBI to carry out preliminary inquiry into the allegations of their possessing disproportionate assets, said the investigating agency will act independently without taking any instructions from government.

The court said the CBI under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act was not mandated to send its report to the government, and the agency said it would act independently in accordance with law. The court said it was incumbent upon the investigating agency to decide what steps it had to take based on its preliminary inquiries.

Pronouncing the judgment, Chief Justice Kabir said the investigating agency will not submit its report of its preliminary inquiry to the central government as directed by the apex court by its earlier order that was sought to be reviewed.

However, in a breather for Mulayam Singh's daughter-in-law, Dimple Yadav, the court dropped the probe against her. The court held that she was not holding any public office during the period the Yadavs allegedly amassed wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income.

Dimple is Akhilesh Yadav's wife.

Earlier on a petition by Vishwanath Chaturvedi, the court on March 1, 2007 had directed the CBI to carry out a preliminary inquiry against the SP chief, his sons and daughter-in-law into the allegations of possessing disproportionate assets.