The Supreme Court will on Monday decide whether or not to direct the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to file a chargesheet against BSP chief Mayawati in the Taj Heritage Corridor case, in which she is an accused.
With the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections scheduled for early next year, the judgment will be crucial to Mayawati’s political fortunes as an adverse verdict can ruin her chances of a possible alliance with the Congress.
The former UP chief minister is facing allegations of misusing her postion and acquiring properties worth several hundred crores of rupees.
The court will decide if the opinion of Attorney General Milon K. Banerjee — who said there was no evidence to proceed against Mayawati — can override that of the investigating officer who said there was enough material to proceed against her.
On the basis of Banerjee’s opinion, the CBI had decided not to proceed against Mayawati despite the recommendation of the Central Vigilance Commission that she could be prosecuted.
Mayawati said that once the CBI decided to drop the case, no other authority could recommend otherwise.
However, Mulayam Singh Yadav’s government in Uttar Pradesh had contended that either the CBI should be allowed to file a chargesheet in the case or the evidence should be placed before the court, which can decide on the filing of the chargesheet. The judgment of the case was reserved in July.