Sunday, September 22, 2013

CBI clears Mulayam in assets case

Probe Agency Cites Lack Of Sufficient Evidence For Closure
New Delhi:The CBI on Friday closed its investigation into the allegation that Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his sons — UP chief minister Akhilesh and Prateek — possessed assets disproportionate to their known sources of income. The agency said it had got its calculations wrong while assessing the properties of the clan in 2007.

In its closure report, the probe agency admitted to making elementary mistakes six years ago, and cited lack of sufficient evidence as well as new facts to justify the decision to wind down the investigation in the case that many suspected had politically hamstrung Yadav.

The self-incriminatory report drew attack from the BJP that attributed the closure of the case to a Congress-SP match-fixing. “We have to see whether the understanding which saw SP helping Congress out repeatedly stretches beyond the 2014 Lok Sabha polls,” said BJP.

The Congress stressed that the CBI was an autonomous organization as it professed aloofness from the development, which marks relief for Yadav ahead of the 2014 elections and leaves him free to pursue his post-poll options.

However, CBI director Ranjit Sinha justified the decision. “Our investigation has been very professional and transparent in all the cases including this. We are ready to face any legal scrutiny on the closure,” Sinha told the TOI.

The CBI said that they had to revise their estimate of the assets of Yadav clan following SC’s order last December, which had asked the agency to exclude the assets of Akhilesh’s wife Dimple while estimating the assets of the Yadavs.

“Examination of documents, statements of witnesses and the version of suspects during the course of further enquiry, has not brought out sufficient evidence supporting the allegation of possession of disproportionate assets, jointly or individually against Mualyam Singh and his family members,” the agency emphasized in its closure report.


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