CBI closes DA case against Mulayam

Samajwadi Party (SP) chief MulayamSingh Yadav, who bailed out the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government on several occasions since 2008 despite sharing an uneasy relationship, would find immense relief with the CBI on Friday closing a six-yearold disproportionate assets (DA) case against him and his family.

If the apex court concurs with theCBIversion that there is no evidence to prove Yadav's culpability, the agency will tentatively file the closure report in theSupremeCourtonMonday.

“After exploring each possible avenue, the CBI has closed the preliminary inquiry against the former UttarPradeshchief
minister and his family members,on account of grossly insufficient evidence,” the CBI said in a statement.

Now, all eyes are on the disproportionate assets case against Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati.

The CBI had registered a preliminary inquiry against Mulayam,his son Akhilesh and daughter-in-law Dimple in March 2007 accusing them ofamassing wealth disproportionate to their income. However, in December last year, Supreme Court ordered that Dimple could not be brought under the case, as she was not a public person at the time under consideration of the case.

Neither Mulayam nor his son or daughter-in-law joined the inquiry at the initial stage.

“The CBI inquiry was concluded in 2007 itself, without taking into account the defence of the suspects, computing
combined disproportionate of the four suspects, including the daughter-in-law, to the tune of Rs 2,63,06,498,” a CBI statement said.

The agency filed a status report in 2007 alleging that the family had an annual income of Rs 6.23 crore while expenditure
was only Rs 4.45 crore.

LawyerVishwanathChaturvedi, who filed a petition in Supreme Court seeking an inquiry into the wealth of Mulayam, told DeccanHerald that he would challenge the CBI report in the court.

When asked what was the reason for the CBI closing the investigations, Chaturvedi claimed that since 2008, at the
time of nuclear deal, the SP bailed out the UPA in a “thanksgiving”.Hesaid the SP supported the Congress during the presidential elections, Food Bill and joint parliamentary committee deliberations.
DH News Service

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