New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday decided to
hear on February 1 next year the plea of Uttar Pradesh Chief
Minister Mayawati seeking quashing of criminal proceedings
against her in a disproportionate assets case lodged by the
CBI eight years ago.
A Bench of justices P Sathasivam and J Chelameshwar
said it cannot hear the matter this year as it was preoccupied
with other important cases.
"We will keep the matter for final disposal and hear
it from February 1," the bench said after Mayawati`s close
aide and senior advocate SC Mishra pressed for urgent hearing
of the plea by the BSP supremo, who is gearing up to face
assembly elections early next year.
CBI during the earlier hearings had said there was
"ample evidence" to show she had amassed wealth
disproportionate to her known sources of income.
Mayawati had filed a petition in May 2008 seeking quashing
of criminal proceedings against her in the case alleging it
was an act of political vendetta.
She claimed that she had received the money through
donations from party workers.
CBI had questioned the assets of Mayawati saying that
her declared assets of Rs one crore in 2003 had gone up to Rs
50 crore in 2007.
CBI in the last affidavit filed on September 13 had
alleged that there was a "criminal nexus" between the Chief
Minister and her relatives and the disproportionate assets
case against her cannot be closed on the basis of conclusions
arrived by the Income Tax department.
The agency rejected Mayawati`s stand that the DA case
should come to an end after the income tax authorities had
accepted her income tax assessments.