Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Expressing lack of faith in the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday suggested that a sitting judge of the Supreme Court or a High Court probe the disproportionate assets case against the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh and his family members.

Mr. Singh will also file a review petition in the Supreme Court requesting that the inquiry be conducted by a sitting judge instead of the CBI.

BJP leader Vijay Kumar Malhotra told reporters that the CBI had lost credibility in the past decades, particularly while investigating the Bofors payoff case. It was a good organisation but now it functions as a government body, he said.

"We expect that the apex court would ask any sitting judge of the Supreme Court or a High Court to enquire into the matter,'' Mr. Malhotra said.

The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the CBI to probe into the assets of Mr. Singh and his family following a PIL that alleged that the assets amassed were disproportionate to their known sources of income.

Mr. Malhotra pointed out that the CBI had been used to register false cases against BJP leaders, including Maneka Gandhi and Arun Shourie, and was being "misused" in the Ayodhya case also.

He said the BJP wanted to "liberate" the people of Uttar Pradesh from the misrule of the Samajwadi Party. The governance is bad as is the law and order situation, he said. However, Mr. Malhotra, described as unacceptable any attempt by the Centre to impose President's rule and postpone elections in the State.

"We want the elections to be held on time and the Election Commission should ensure free and fair polls," he said.