Chief Minister Mayawati on Wedenesday challenged the authority of the CBI to probe disproportionate assets (DA) case against her. Mayawati said the entire exercise of the CBI in DA case was illegal.
In her 250-page affidavit filed in Supreme Court on Wednesday Mayawati said that the apex court had ordered registration of FIR in Taj Corridor case. Neither the court nor the state government asked for FIR in DA case, Mayawati said, adding the CBI started investigation on its own, which was unlawful.
“The CBI has been harassing me for political reasons”, Mayawati said.
The DA case is schedule to come up on April 23.
The CBI in its affidavit to the court last week had claimed that it had sufficient proof against the Chief Minister in DA case.
However strongly rebutting the charges, the Chief Minister said in affidavit that Income Tax department in its latest order on April 19 had cleared her of all charges. She said her income was found bonafide. Mayawati said that on merit no case was made out against her because IT department had found her income genuine and lawful.
Mayawati’s affidavit also pointed out the apex court in other cases made it clear that findings of IT authorities about income and gifts could not contradicted or overruled by the CBI and probe agency had to accept it.
Mayawati said that the CBI had also adopted double standard in investigation in DA case. In case of Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav the then solicitor general Goolam E Vahanvati, who is now Attorney General of India, had opined that assets of family members in DA case of a person could not clubbed and the CBI had accepted it, she said and added in her case income of her relatives had been clubbed.
Mayawati said it was arbitrary, discriminatory, unjust and a clear case of personal harassment. Pleading for closure of her DA case, Mayawati said even in RJD chief Laloo Prasad Yadav case the CBI could not move ahead after the Income Tax cleared his income. Mayawati said she should be treated at par with two Yadavs as far as legality of the case was concerned.
She said the apex court had de-linked the Taj corridor case from the DA case and found that Rs 17 crore released for the project was utilized and no money was proved to have been used by her.