CBI tells SC, Chargesheet against Mayawati ready in DA case

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New Delhi, July 11 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has informed the Supreme Court that it has prepared a chargesheet against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati in the five-year-old disproportionate assets case.

"The competent authority has already taken a decision to file final report under section 173 of the criminal procedure code in the designated trial court," the affidavit filed by the CBI said.

The matter, which was listed for hearing on July 13, has been adjourned for two months after Uttar Pradesh's Additional Advocate General Shail Kumar Dwivedi told a Bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan that the State government would file a counter to the agency's affidavit.

CBI counsel said there had not been any changes in its stand what it had informed to the apex court on January 12, when it had stated that there was enough evidence to prosecute Ms. Mayawati in the case.

CBI had questioned her for the declared assets of Rs. one crore in 2003 going up to Rs.50 crore in 2007. It said that there was "ample evidence" to show she had amassed wealth disproportionate to her known sources of income.

The CBI, which had lodged a DA case against the BSP chief in 2003, alleged that the assets shown by her in the Akbarpur parliamentary constituency were worth over Rs one crore whereas the assets increased to over Rs 50 crore in her declaration papers submitted during the 2007 assembly polls.

The investigating agency in July last had responded to the apex court notice stating that there was sufficient evidence to show that Mayawati amassed wealth disproportionate to her known sources of income.

The UP CM filed a petition in May 2008 seeking quashing of the criminal proceedings against her in the case alleging it was registered due to "political reasons".

Mayawati has claimed that she had received the money through donations from party workers which included meagre sums of Rs.five and Rs.ten which they contributed on her birthday. (ANI)

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