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Declare assets, SC tells Mulayam

Mulayam?s I-T details sought

india Updated: Jun 08, 2006 03:21 IST
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The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and other members of his family to explain the sources of their income and their investments over the past five years.

The court order came on a PIL that alleged Mulayam and his family had wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income.

A bench comprising justices Arijit Pasayat and CK Thakker asked the Yadavs to submit their income-tax and wealth returns filed between 2001 and 2006. They have four weeks to respond.

The PIL was filed by one Vishwanath Chaturvedi who alleged that Mulayam and his family, including his sons Akhilesh and Pratik and daughter-in-law Dimple, had acquired wealth in crores of rupees by "illegal means" and by misusing official posts.

The court also directed the I-T department to continue with its proceedings against the Yadavs.

While passing the order, the bench kept open the issue to examine the bona fides of the petitioner since advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who appeared for Mulayam, had questioned Chaturvedi’s credentials. He said Chaturvedi was an active Congress worker and the PIL was politically motivated.