Court being used for political battle against me:Mulayam to SC

New Delhi, Feb 1 (PTI) Alleging that court is being drawninto a political battle by his adversaries, Samajwadi PartyChief Mulayam Singh Yadav today urged the Supreme Court toreview its direction for a CBI probe into "disproportionate"assets of his and family members.

The SC had ordered a CBI inquiry on 1 March, 2007,into the alleged accumulation of disproportionate assets byYadav, his sons Akhilesh, Prateek and daughter-in-law Dimpleon a public interest litigation (PIL) by an advocateVishwanath Chaturvedi, reportedly a Congress leader.

"It is a political battle between two personalitieswhich ought not to be allowed in court. This court has beendrawn into a political battle," senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi,appearing for the politican, told a bench headed by JusticeALtamas Kabir and H L Dattu.

The counsel made the submission during a hearing ofthe review petitions filed by Yadav and his family challengingthe apex court''s direction to CBI to conduct a preliminaryinquiry to find out if a prima facie a case of corruption ismade out against the family.

Unlike the precedent of hearing review petitions inthe judges'' chambers, the petition is being heard in the opencourt at the request of Yadav.

Seeking to review its order, Rohatgi said there was noevidence against the family who are being harassed bypolitical adversaries. (more) PTI AAC RB

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