Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Wednesday charged the CBI with acting in a hostile manner towards her and adopting a different yardstick in her disproportionate assets case compared to cases against Mulayam Singh Yadav and Lalu Prasad.
“The CBI cannot discriminate between two individuals merely on the basis of its whims or choice,” she said in an affidavit requesting the court to quash the CBI FIR, days before the April 23 hearing of her disproportionate assets case in the Supreme Court.
She said after being absolved of misappropriation of Rs 17 crore disbursed for the Taj corridor project, the CBI could not have proceeded against her in DA case.
Her affidavit comes days after the CBI filed an affidavit saying it had cogent oral, documentary and circumstantial evidence to prove a criminal nexus between the income of Mayawati and her relatives and the DA case.
“The petitioner and her relatives have acquired the said assets by conspiracy and by acquiring ‘gifts’…” the CBI had said.
But Mayawati, who also wrote a letter to the CBI director on Tuesday complaining about the agency’s discriminatory stance, contended the DA case registered against her in 2004 had been “completely demolished” by the two orders of the Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals) passed earlier this month in her favour for assessment years 2001-02 and 2002-03.
Terming the case politically motivated, she demanded quashing of the case on the ground the recent orders of the CIT (Appeal) that held all the gifts received by her for the two assessment years to be “totally genuine and bona fide”.
Pointing out that the disproportionate assets proceedings against Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and RJD chief Lalu Prasad were closed on the basis of the income tax authorities’ findings, she said the CBI must apply the same principle in her case.
“It is unfortunate that for no reason... unless the intention is to harass and defame me by prolonging the CBI proceedings for an indefinite period without any justification, I am being discriminated in a hostile manner, vis-a-vis Prasad and Yadav,” the affidavit said.