SC to hear PIL seeking DA probe against Mayawati

Rajat Kain

While hearing a PIL, Supreme Court favoured disclosure details of loan defaulters.

While hearing a PIL, Supreme Court favoured disclosure details of loan defaulters.

In a set-back to four-time chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and BSP supremo Mayawati, Supreme Court agreed to hear a petition seeking probe on her alleged illegal wealth. The petition, filed by a former member of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) — Kamlesh Verma, sought the apex court to direct investigating agencies to register an FIR against Ms Mayawati.

While the counsels for Mayawati demanded the plea be rejected, the Central government too threw its weight behind the former CM of Uttar Pradesh.

Arguing before the bench of Justice AR Dave and Justice AK Goel, Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi said there is no material for registration of FIR against Mayawati in Disproportionate Assets case.

The income tax tribunal and even the Delhi High Court had given her a clean chit, the Attorney General added in his arguments before the bench.

Though the court agreed to hear the petition, it rejected the petitioner’s contention of serving interim orders in the matter.

The apex court bench of former Chief Justice P Sathasivam had in July 2012 quashed the First Information Report (FIR) registered by CBI against Mayawati. The CBI had alleged that she acquired assets disproportionate to the known sources of her income. But the court found no grounds to proceed with the case.

Kamlesh Verma, who is now seeking DA probe against Mayawati had earlier a filed review petition against July 2012 court verdict, which was rejected.