SC to consider CBI PE against Mulayam tomorrow

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New Delhi, Oct 28 (UNI) The Supreme Court will decide the fate of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and his family members tomorrow when it will consider the preliminary enquiry report of the CBI in a disproportionate assets case.

A bench headed by Justice C K Thakkar will consider the application of the CBI seeking appropriate directions from the court for proceeding further against Mr Yadav and his two sons -- Akhilesh Yadav, Prateek Yadav -- and his daughter-in-law Dimple Yadav.

The CBI in his application has stated that it has completed the preliminary enquiry as per the directions of the court dated March 1, 2007 and wants to place the status report before the apex court for its consideration.

According to the CBI, there is sufficient prima facie evidence to proceed against Mulayam and others under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The directions for the preliminary enquiry were issued by the apex court on a PIL filed by a Congress activist, Viswanath Chaturvedi, seeking a CBI inquiry against Mulayam Singh Yadav for acquiring assets beyond his known source of income by allegedly abusing his official status as chief minister of the state.

Mr Yadav and his three family members are facing allegations of acquiring assets exceeding worth Rs 100 crore through corrupt means.

As per law, if the Supreme Court is satisfied that there is prima facie evidence against Yadav then it may permit the CBI to register a regular case against the accused and file the report before the competent court after completing the investigation.

In that situation, the possibility of arrest of Mulayam and his family members cannot be ruled out as the CBI may ask for their custody for interrogation. Akhilesh Yadav is a sitting member of the Lok Sabha.

Mulayam has already reacted to the CBI move by calling it ''politics of revenge''.

The CBI had moved the Supreme Court on Friday.


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