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CBI closes corruption case against Mayawati

CBI sources said the apex court had quashed the agency’s FIR in connection with alleged disproportionate assets of the BSP leader in 2012 but the matter was in a limbo after an intervention application was filed by a private person. The Supreme Court had on 12 August also dismissed the intervention application, paving the way for the closure of the DA case against Mayawati. CBI said legal experts were of the view that the agency should close the probe in the case.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had, on 6 July last year, quashed the DA case against Mayawati and had pulled up CBI for exceeding its jurisdiction by lodging an FIR against her without any direction from it.

The court had said it asked the CBI in 2003 to focus on specific allegations that Mayawati had swindled money meant to upgrade tourist facilities along Taj Corridor. However, the agency widened the probe and charged Mayawati with possessing assets far exceeding her known sources of income.

The court had further said the DA case against Mayawati was ‘unwarranted’ and that the agency proceeded against her without properly understanding its orders which were confined to the Taj Corridor case relating to the release of Rs 17 crore by the UP government allegedly without sanction.

The CBI, on the other hand, had reiterated there is strong documentary and oral evidence against Mayawati but it could not be tested as the apex court had restrained the agency from proceeding further in the case during pendency of the plea. The court had also said that if the agency wants to test the strength of its evidence, it can register a fresh FIR under Delhi Special Police Establishment Act without referring to any direction from the Supreme Court.
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