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PIL against CM liable to be quashed

THE PUBLIC Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Vishwanath Chaturvedi in the Supreme Court, seeking action against Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, under the Prevention of Corruption Act (for having disproportionate assets), without impleading the State of UP as a party to the petition, is liable to be dismissed, said State Advocate General SMA Kazmi, here today.

india Updated: Jun 12, 2006 01:31 IST

THE PUBLIC Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Vishwanath Chaturvedi in the Supreme Court, seeking action against Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, under the Prevention of Corruption Act (for having disproportionate assets), without impleading the State of UP as a party to the petition, is liable to be dismissed, said State Advocate General SMA Kazmi, here today.

Though subsequently an application for impleading the State of UP as a party was moved by the petitioner on the ground that it had been left due to typographical error, but again the said application was sought to be withdrawn later. The apex court was yet to pass any orders on the twin petitions, the AG said.

The PIL was further liable to be dismissed on account of the fact that the petitioner had committed perjury by filing a false affidavit before the apex court denying his political connections with the Congress party except for a lone incident of having contested election form Hydergarh constituency in 2002 as an adopted Congress candidate, the AG said.

This contention of the petitioner was falsified by the other side who gave complete details of the past 10 years’ association of the petitioner with the Congress holding high positions in the party. These facts had not been controverted by the petitioner, he said.

The apex court on being told about the questionable conduct and credibility of the petitioner, had kept this matter open for consideration at a later date, the AG said.

Appearance of eminent lawyers like Ram Jethmalani and PN Lekhi on behalf of the petitioner was also indicative of the fact that it may be a
politically-motivated PIL, the AG added.

While declining to comment on the merits of the case otherwise (being sub judice before the apex court) the AG said the source of information of the petitioner regarding the properties held by the CM and his family was admittedly the statutory declaration made by the CM and his son Akhilesh Yadav, before the Election Commission.

Denying media reports in a section of the press projecting as if Mulayam Singh Yadav had lost the battle in the apex court, the AG said it was not true and appeared to be the result of conveying wrong reports to the Press by the interested party.