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Updated: April 24, 2010 02:41 IST

Assets case against Mayawati may be reconsidered

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati
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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati

The Centre on Friday informed the Supreme Court that it would reconsider the disproportionate assets case against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati in view of her fresh representation to the Central Bureau of Investigation.

The representation was received only a few days ago and some more time was required to reconsider the whole case, Attorney-General G.E. Vahanvati told a Bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justices A.K. Ganguly and B.S. Chauhan. Further hearing has been posted to August.

Ms. Mayawati had raised some vital questions of law, asserting that since income tax authorities had found the alleged income (for the relevant period) bona fide and genuine through various orders including the latest order of April 19, no case remained to be investigated by the CBI.

She alleged that she was being discriminated against, pointing out that the CBI decided not to file an appeal against the order of the special judge, Patna, exonerating the former Railway Minister, Lalu Prasad, on the basis of the findings of income tax authorities. Also, the then Solicitor-General gave an opinion in favour of the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mulayam Singh, not to include the income of his family members for purposes of a disproportionate assets case.

Ms. Mayawati said the same yardstick be applied to her and the case against her closed as baseless.

Senior counsel Satish Chandra Misra appeared for her.

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