J. Venkatesan

Charges against Mulayam

  • Plea in Supreme Court seeks probe by CBI
  • Politically motivated: Mulayam

    New Delhi: The Centre has forwarded to the Uttar Pradesh Governor a complaint against Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and his family members relating to allegations of amassing wealth to the tune of over Rs. 100 crore, disproportionate to their known sources of income.

    The Centre stated this in the Supreme Court in its response to a notice issued by the court in this January on a public interest litigation petition filed by Vishwanath Chaturvedi, a citizen of Uttar Pradesh, seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the alleged amassing of wealth by the Chief Minister and his family.

    In June this year the court gave a further direction to Mr. Yadav, his son Akhilesh, and other members of the family to explain the sources of income and investments of the last five years. It directed them to place before the court the returns of the income tax and wealth tax filed by them between 2001 and 2006.

    Deny charges

    In their reply, Mr. Yadav and the family members denied the allegations and said their total assets would be less than Rs. 10 crore and everything had been properly accounted for.

    They said the allegations were politically motivated and sought dismissal of the petition.

    In its reply filed on Friday, the Centre said: "As per Section 19 (1) of the Prevention of Corruption Act the competent Authority to accord sanction for prosecution shall be the Central Government or State Government or the authority which would have been competent to remove the public servant from his office at a time when the offence was alleged to have been committed.

    "Therefore, a practice was adopted that in respect of corruption charges against Chief Ministers and Ministers of State Government, the Central Government should not normally have any specific action on such references and the complaints against Chief Ministers may be forwarded to the Governor of State for such action as may be deemed fit and necessary with the approval of the Prime Minister."

    In the present case, the Centre said: "The said complaint was duly forwarded to the Secretary to the Governor, Government of Uttar Pradesh, by letter dated April 18, 2006 for placing the said complaint before the Governor of UP for such action as may be deemed fit and necessary."