On a day when Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati hit out at the Centre for “targeting” her, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) issued a clarification on the counter-affidavit filed by the agency on July 10.
The CBI said it had no option but to file the counter-affidavit at this juncture in compliance of the specific directions of the Supreme Court.
“Different innuendos and meanings have been attributed to the filing of this counter-affidavit at this juncture. It is clarified that CBI’s counter-affidavit is in compliance with the specific direction given by the Supreme Court in its May 15 order, which was in the context of the writ petition filed by Mayawati on May 9 challenging the FIR registered by CBI in October 2003,” the CBI said.
The country’s most important investigative agency categorically denied that it had circulated copies of the counter-affidavit.
“CBI has not revealed the result of its investigation either in the counter-affidavit filed on July 10 or during the last hearing on May 15. What is mentioned in the counter-affidavit is only the position of disproportionate assets as existed on September 18, 2003, which had been then reflected in CBI’s status reports before the Supreme Court,” a CBI official said.
The counter-affidavit is broadly in the nature of para-wise reply. During the hearing in the Supreme Court on May 15, the CBI counsel had informed the court that the agency had completed the investigation and was ready to file the report under section 173 (2) CrPC,” the agency said.