Preliminary inquiry against Mulayam Singh Yadav, sons closed in 2013: CBI to SC

SP patriarch Mulayam Singh with party president Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow.

SP patriarch Mulayam Singh with party president Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow.  

Case related to disproportionate assets.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday made an oral submission in the Supreme Court that a preliminary inquiry against Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav in a case of disproportionate assets was closed in 2013.

Appearing before a Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta said a preliminary inquiry was conducted following a Supreme Court order. But it was “closed” in 2013.

The court granted the CBI’s request for four weeks to file a written response.

Mr. Yadav has filed an affidavit, stating that the case is “politically motivated” and is timed to coincide with the Lok Sabha election.

On March 23, the court asked the CBI to enquire into the case status.

The hearing was based on a plea from Vishwanath Chaturvedi for a direction to the CBI to submit its investigation report. In his response, Mr. Yadav said there had never been any positive direction from the court to the CBI to register a regular case against him and his sons Akhilesh Yadav and Prateek Yadav. The order was only for a prima facie inquiry. “The CBI was left to take independent action.”

Mr. Yadav said the Income Tax Department had placed its reports on his assets before the court, and there was nothing adverse in the reports.

Mr. Chaturvedi alleged the CBI had “utterly” failed to bring out the status of the case or whether a final report was filed before a magistrate or the Supreme Court.

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