No action against Mayawati till July 14: CBI to SC

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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 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 CBI on the petition filed by the UP Chief Minister Mayawati, 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 before the Apex Court that the Mayawati was being targetted by the Congress by slapping a false case under the Prevention of Corruption Act against her by misusing CBI, which was directly under the Prime Minister's control.

He also charged the SC 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 Mayawati.

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

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

THC case is a scam, where in 2002-2003, the then UP CM Mayawati was charged with corruption. The Taj Corridor Project was to upgrade tourist facilities near the world famous Taj Mahal implemented during her tenure as CM.


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