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PIL seeks CBI probe into ``disproportionate assets''

Charges that Mulayam, his sons acquired properties worth crores of rupees Corruption has reached even Prime Minister's office, says petitioner

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Centre, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and members of his family on a public interest petition seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the alleged disproportionate assets amassed by Mr. Yadav and his family.

A three Judge Bench comprising Justices Ruma Pal, A.R. Lakshmanan and Dalveer Bhandari issued the notice on the petition filed by a social activist, Vishwanath Chaturvedi, who alleged that Mr. Yadav and his family had accumulated assets disproportionate to their known sources of income. The Bench asked the petitioner to file English translations of the Hindi documents he filed with the petition.

Mr. Chaturvedi alleged that Mr. Yadav and his relatives had amassed wealth by misusing power and authority.

He alleged that corruption had reached monstrous dimensions in Uttar Pradesh. Corruption had even reached the office of the Chief Minister and unless it was checked, the normal functioning of public offices would be affected.

He said he was in possession of copies of all the sale deeds for properties that Mr. Yadav and his sons had purchased in the last 28 years, most of them in posh localities and worth crores of rupees. During this period, Mr. Yadav and his sons had no business except political activities, he said.

He said he had met Governor T.V. Rajeshwar Rao on June 21, 2005 and requested him to take action against Mr. Yadav and his family but no action had been taken. On November 6, 2005, he presented a memorandum to the Union Home Minister, but it proved futile. Hence he had filed this petition for a direction to the Home Ministry to register cases.

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