New Delhi: Giving relief to Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati, the Supreme Court rejected a CBI probe in the disproportionate assets against her on Friday.
"We are satisfied that we didn't issue any direction to probe alleged disproportionate assets of Mayawati between 1995-2003," the court said.
The court said that the FIR by the CBI against Mayawati is unwarranted.
"The CBI proceeded against Mayawati without properly understanding our order. Anything beyond Taj Corridor scam was not subject matter of this court. There is no finding and no material report pertaining to the DA case against Mayawati,"the court added.
As per the reports, Mayati had filed a petition in 2008, seeking quashing of the criminal proceeding against her in the case that was filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against her eight years ago (2004).
The BSP chief has accused the CBI of carrying out political vendetta against her. According to her, the case should be closed, considering the aspect of order passed by the Income Tax Tribunal holding that her income was genuine, which has also been upheld by the Delhi High Court.
On the other hand, the investigation agency has claimed that there was ample evidence to prove that Mayawati had amassed wealth disproportionate to her known sources income. The CBI had revealed that Mayawati's assets of INR 1 crore in 2003 had gone up to INR 50 crore in 2007.
However, as per the former chief minister she had received the money as donations from the party workers.
As per the reports, when Mayawati filed her nomination for the Rajya Sabha in March this year, she shared the details of her property, cash and jewellery, worth INR 111 crore. She revealed that she has 380 carats of diamonds, one kilogram of gold, together these are worth just under a crore.
Her silver dinner set, which weighs nearly 20 kgs, is worth INR 9 lakhs. Her immovable assets, largely property add upto INR 96 crores. This includes two shops in Delhi's Connaught Place, a house worth INR 62 crores on Sardar Patel Marg, one of Delhi's most sought-after neighbourhoods, and a home in Lucknow worth INR 15 crores.
On September 13, 2011, the CBI in its last affidavit, had alleged that there was a criminal nexus between the BSP supremo and her relatives and the disproportionate assets case against her cannot be closed on the basis of conclusions arrived at by the Income Tax department.