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Mayawati can be prosecuted in corruption case: CBI to SC

In an apparent change of stand, the CBI has told the Supreme Court that it has found cogent, credible and admissible evidence for prosecuting U P Chief Minister Mayawati in a disproportionate assets case.



New Delhi: In an apparent change of
stand, the CBI has told the Supreme Court that it has found
cogent, credible and admissible evidence for prosecuting U P
Chief Minister Mayawati in a disproportionate assets case
relating to her declared wealth going up from Rs one crore in
2003 to Rs 50 crore in 2007.
The agency`s submission in an affidavit came nearly
four months after it had shown willingness to consider her
plea to accept the clean chit given to her by the IT
authoorities.

Mayawati`s counsel today made a plea for postponement
of hearing fixed for Monday which was opposed by the CBI.

The CBI stand in April had come when the Centre was
trying to cobble up the numbers including support of
Mayawati`s party, BSP, to sail throught the cut motion brought
by the BJP and the Left. BSP had then voted for the
Government.

In the latest affidavit filed in the apex court, CBI
made it clear that there was no question of dropping the case
against her.

The agency had pointed out that her declared assets of
Rs one crore in 2003 had gone up to Rs 50 crore in 2007 and
said there was "ample evidence" to show she had amassed wealth
disproportionate to her known sources of income.

Mayawati had claimed she had received the money
through donations from party workers, which included meagre
sums of Rs five and Rs ten which they contributed on her
birthday.
The UP CM had filed a petition in May, 2008, seeking
quashing of the criminal proceedings against her in the case
alleging it was registered due to "political reasons".

Mayawati had pleaded that the case against her should
be withdrawn in the wake of the Income Tax Commissioner`s
order of April 5 and 19, 2010 giving her a clean chit after
accepting her contention that the assets were gifts given to
her.

CBI contended that this order has been challenged
before the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT).

"Since the I-T department has appealed against the
order, therefore, the DA case cannot be closed just on the
basis of these orders specially in the light of independent
investigations carried on by CBI in which cogent, credible and
admissible evidence has been collected," it said.

CBI contested Mayawati`s plea that the probe agency
was harassing her. "It is strongly denied that the case is
based on surmises, conjectures or preconceived notions, rather
the case is based on reliable and admissible evidence".

"During the investigations conducted by the CBI,
reliable and cogent oral, documentary and circumstantial
evidences have been collected in support of the bogus nature
of the gifts in the form of cash and other immovable assets
claimed to have been received by the petitioner (Mayawati),"
the affidavit said. CBI said it has never overstepped its
authority.

PTI

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