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SC to decide Maya's fate tomorrow

SC would on Monday decide the fate of BSP supremo and former UP CM Mayawati in the Rs 175 crore Taj Heritage Corridor case, reports Satya Prakash.

india Updated: Nov 26, 2006 21:54 IST

The Supreme Court on Monday would decide the fate of BSP supremo and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati in the Rs 175 crore Taj Heritage Corridor case.

A Bench headed by Justice SB Sinha, which reserved its verdict in the case in July last, would decide whether to ask the CBI to go ahead with the filing of a chargesheet against her or not.

The Bench would also decide if the opinion of the Attorney General that there was no material to proceed against Maayawati in the case could override that of the Investigating Officer who had said that there was enough material to proceed against her in the case.

On the basis of the opinion of Attorney General Milon K Banerji, the CBI had decided not to proceed against her despite the recommendation of the Central Vigilance Commission to the contrary.

After scrutinizing the available material against the former chief minister, the CVC had recommended that she could be prosecuted.

Coming after the demise of her mentor Kanshi Ram and just before the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, the judgment would be crucial to her political fortunes as an adverse verdict could ruin her chances of possible alliance with the Congress.

Mayawati has maintained that once the CBI decided to drop the case, no other authority could recommend otherwise and that the CVC did not have any power to direct the investigating agency on how to go about the case.

Playing safe on the issue, the Centre had clarified that no closure report was filed by the CBI in the case and that it was for the apex court to decide whether the chargesheet was required to be filed or not.

The Mulayam Singh-led state government had submitted that either the CBI should be allowed to file a chargesheet in the case or the material/evidence collected by the probe agency should be placed before the court concerned which would decide whether filing of chargesheet was warranted or not.

Email: Satya Prakash: satya .prakash@hindustantimes.com