The Supreme Court on Friday turned down Uttar Pradesh government’s plea to adjourn Chief Minister Mayawati’s petition seeking quashing of the disproportionate assets case by a month. The case is listed for a hearing on August 30 before a bench headed by Justice B.Sudershan Reddy.
The UP counsel’s request for an adjournment comes a day after the CBI filed an affidavit before SC stating there was evidence to prosecute her even as she got a clean chit from the income-tax department.
Mayawati is under CBI scanner as her declared wealth has gone up from Rone crore in 2003 to R50 crore in 2007. When the UP government counsel requested for an adjournment on the ground that its senior advocate was unwell, the bench said it would hear the plea only on Monday.
CBI’s latest affidavit is seen as an apparent change in its stand. Four months ago the agency had shown willingness to consider Mayawati’s plea to do away with the case in wake of IT department’s clean chit.
The CBI’s assurance to the SC in April to look into the BSP leaders’ representation had come when the Centre was trying to cobble up the numbers including Mayawati’s support party to sail through the cut motion brought by the BJP and the Left. The BSP had then voted for the government.
In the latest affidavit CBI said there was no question of dropping the case against her.