SC allows Mayawati`s plea for adjournment in DA case

Last Updated: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 14:00

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday
allowed UP Chief Minister Mayawati`s plea seeking postponement of hearing in the disproportionate assets case relating to her
declared wealth going up from Rs one crore in 2003 to Rs 50
crore in 2007.

A bench comprising Justices B Sudershan Reddy and S S
Nijjar adjourned the hearing in the case for four weeks after
it was submitted on the BSP supremo`s behalf that her lawyer
was indisposed.

In a fresh affidavit filed before the apex court, the
CBI has said it has found cogent, credible and admissible
evidence for prosecuting Mayawati in the case.

CBI`s response had come after Mayawati`s allegation
that she was being discriminated against and that the probe
agency should drop the proceedings against her in the wake of
the Commissioner Income Tax (CIT appeal) order of April 5 and
19, 2010 giving her a clean chit in the case.

However, the CBI had countered her contention saying
that the CIT (appeal) order has been challenged before the
Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT).

"It is submitted that the order of CIT (appeal) passed
on April 5 and 19, 2010 with respect to the assessment year
2001-02 and 2002-03 have been challenged by the Income Tax
Department in the ITAT and the matter is sub judice.

"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
investigation carried on by CBI in which cogent, credible and
admissible evidence has been collected," the CBI had said.

CBI had contested Mayawati`s plea that the probe
agency was harassing her despite Commissioner Income Tax (CIT
appeal) giving her a clean chit in the case, saying there were
reliable and cogent oral and documentary evidences to prove
the case.
"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.
The CBI had said that the complexion of the matter has
not changed in any manner following the CIT order and it has
registered and carried out investigation of the DA case in
pursuance of the apex court`s order and has never overstepped
its authority.

PTI



First Published: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 14:00

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