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New Delhi, May 15 (UNI) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today assured the Supreme Court that it will not take any action against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati in the disproportionate assets case related to the multi-crore Taj Heritage Corridor (THC) scandal till July 14, the next hearing date.

A bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice M K Sharma also issued notices to the CBI on a petition filed by the Chief Minister, alleging the Congress led-United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre was ''harassing'' her to settle political scores.

Appearing for the petitioner, senior counsel Harish Salve alleged that a false case under the Prevention of Corruption Act has been slapped on her by misusing CBI, which was directly under the Prime Minister's control.

He also contended that the Supreme Court order in THC case was confined to the alleged irregularities and illegalities, if any, committed in the Taj Corridor Project. There was no direction from the Apex Court for filing a disproportionate assets case against Ms Mayawati.

Solicitor General G E Vahanvati, appearing for the CBI, however, stated that the Apex Court had specifically directed the CBI to file its investigation report before a competent court for consideration on merits.

The CBI report had prima facie found Mayawati guilty of amassing assets beyond her known sources of income running into crores through corrupt means.

Ms Mayawati as the then Chief Minister in 2002-2003 had given approval for the Taj Corridor Project to upgrade tourist facilities near the world famous Taj Mahal.

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