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Tells Supreme Court that matter is pending for further directions

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday told the Supreme Court that the investigation in the disproportionate assets case against the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mayawati, was complete.

Giving this information before a three-judge Bench, comprising Justices S.B. Sinha, S.H. Kapadia and D.K. Jain, Solicitor-General G.E. Vahanvati said the matter was now pending with the CBI Director for further directions.

He requested that Neeraj Nayan, who investigated the case, be repatriated to his parent cadre in West Bengal. The Bench accepted the plea.

"Cases not linked"

Mr. Vahanvati submitted that the disproportionate assets case was not under the supervision of the apex court, and that it was monitoring only the Rs.175 crore Taj Heritage Corridor case. Pursuant to the court direction, the CBI investigated the matter but was not able to establish any link between the Taj case and the disproportionate assets case.

The Bench, hearing other issues connected with the monument, asked Mr. Vahanvati whether the Centre could comply with an order passed by the apex court in December 1996 directing the Government to declare Agra a heritage city in two months.

Order complied with

The Bench gave this direction after it was pointed out that though nine years had passed, the order had not been complied with. The Bench also asked Mr. Vahanvati to find out whether the Centre could comply with the parameters laid down by the UNESCO for declaring Agra a heritage city.

International funds

The judges said that once this happened, international funds would be available for protection of not only the monument but also for overall development of the city.

The Bench posted the matter for further hearing to August 28.

When amicus curiae Krishan Mahajan and lawyer M.C. Mehta told the court that hundreds of visitors entered the Taj monument area on August 5 violating all security norms, the Bench issued notice to the Chairman of the Agra Development Authority, the Central Industrial Security Force Commandant and the Archaeological Survey of India to come out with concrete proposals for tightening the security and to prevent the recurrence of such incidents.

The Bench then posted the matter for further hearing to August 21.

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