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CBI’s new target: Mulayam Singh’s wife Sadhna, younger son Prateek

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) after giving clean chit to SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav has now started pointing fingers on his wife Sadhna Yadav and younger son Prateek Yadav. The agency wrote a letter to the I-T Department asking them to look into wealth accumulated by junior Yadav far exceeding his income.

The agency has reportedly alleged that that Prateek and Sadhna bought property that far exceeded their declared income. The properties that the CBI has shortlisted for scrutiny were acquired between 1998 and 2003. They reportedly include a bungalow on MG Road in the cantonment area of Lucknow, two plots in Kamta Village of Lucknow that were bought for Rs 18 lakh, but later sold for Rs 2.5 crore by Prateek Yadav and a plot worth Rs 18 lakh in the Gomti Nagar area of the city.

The CBI officials said that because Prateek Yadav and his wife are not elected representatives, it cannot investigate them.

The CBI on Friday gave a clean chit to Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav in a six-year-old disproportionate assets case, contradicting its own investigations conducted in 2007.

This comes about a month after the CBI filed a closure report in the preliminary enquiry registered against Mulayam Singh Yadav.

The agency had said that after exploring each possible avenue, CBI has closed the PE against Mulayam and his family members, on account of grossly insufficient evidence. The CBI director Ranjit Sinha had even said that, ‘We are ready for any legal scrutiny in the matter.’

This case pertained to Yadav misusing his term as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh to amass wealth and assets worth 2.63 crores for his family as alleged by a lawsuit filed six years ago in the Supreme Court.
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