Disproportionate Assets case against Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders Mulayam Yadav and son Akhilesh Yadav surfaces again

Is SP pointing fingers at Congress for having one of its alleged functionaries raking up their Disproportionate Assets case?

Is SP pointing fingers at Congress for having one of its alleged functionaries raking up their Disproportionate Assets case?
Is SP pointing fingers at Congress for having one of its alleged functionaries raking up their Disproportionate Assets case?

The Disproportionate Assets case against the Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav and son Akhilesh Yadav surfaces again, during the election season. The Supreme Court will hear on Monday the plea seeking a direction to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to place the investigation by the same petitioner who first initiated the matter in 2005.

PGurus also reported, when this petition was first filed, how around the same time a rape case allegation had surfaced against Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. There were many twists in the petition and at last in the Supreme Court, the petitioner, who was a former SP Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) withdrew the case blaming the SP leaders.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi has listed the fresh plea of political activist Vishwanath Chaturvedi for hearing on March 25 in which he has sought a direction to the CBI to file its probe report either before the apex court or before a magisterial court in the assets case.

PIL filed in 2005

Chaturvedi, in 2005, had filed the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the apex court seeking a direction to the CBI to take appropriate action to prosecute Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh, his wife Dimple Yadav and Prateek Yadav, the other son of Mulayam Singh, under the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly acquiring assets more than the known source of their income by misusing their power of authority.

The apex court, in its verdict of March 1, 2007, had directed the CBI “to inquire into allegations” and find out as to whether the plea with regard to disproportionate assets of SP leaders was “correct or not”. Later in 2012, the court dismissed the review petitions of Mulayam Singh, Akhilesh and Prateek against its verdict and had directed the CBI to go ahead with the probe against them in the disproportionate assets case.

PGurus in 2016 had reported the CBI’s findings on this politically sensitive matter, which was always used by Congress to tame the Samajwadi Party when in need. The detailed CBI report on Mulayam family’s assets creation was uploaded in our report[1].

The court had also modified its March 1, 2007 order and ordered the CBI to file a status report before the court and not to the government. Chaturvedi, in his fresh plea, said, “Despite the yawning gap between the complaint made/ court’s directions and the pendency of filing of a regular case in this matter, an unusually long period has already escaped without any action being taken on the matter for 11 long years”. The matter was still pending with the CBI for registration of a regular case, “fair, impartial and immediate investigation leading to the prosecution of the offenders”, it said.

Till date, no First Information Report (FIR) has been registered against the Yadavs and it has not only caused “some irremediable and irrecoverable damage to the whole case but also raised serious questions of credibility and integrity of our investigating agencies”, the plea said.

Congress vs SP wrestling?

Mulayam Yadav has always accused the petitioner of his proximity to the Congress party and charged that this petition was a ploy of Congress. PGurus also reported, when this petition was first filed, how around the same time a rape case allegation had surfaced against Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. There were many twists in the petition and at last in the Supreme Court, the petitioner, who was a former SP Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) withdrew the case blaming the SP leaders.

The former SP MLA was accusing Rahul Gandhi for the rape and later vanishing of Sukanya Devi in the High Court and the Supreme Court. During the arguments in the apex court, all of a sudden in mid-2012, Kishore Samrite retracted his complaint and said that he personally doesn’t have knowledge of the incident and that he was forced to give this petition by Samajwadi Party leaders including Mulayam Singh and the then Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. He even alleged that his petition details were discussed in the New Delhi home of Mulayam Singh and that he is withdrawing from the case and reiterated in the Supreme Court that he filed the petition against Rahul Gandhi on behalf of Mulayam and Akhilesh[2].

The political circles are abuzz with several theories on the re-surfacing of the disproportionate assets case against Samajwadi Party leaders Mulayam Yadav and son Akhilesh Yadav. It must be kept in mind that for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress has been kept out of the SP-BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party) alliance.

References:

[1] Did Congress blackmail Mulayam using CBI? Read the CBI findings on Mulayam, Akhilesh DA caseSep 27, 2016, PGurus.com

[2] Twists and turns in the rape allegations against Rahul Gandhi and Ahmed Patel and how the cases were withdrawnApr 15, 2018, PGurus.com

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