Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Monday got four weeks time from the Supreme Court to respond to the CBI claim that there was an ample evidence to prosecute her in a disproportionate assets case registered against her five years ago.
Mayawati has filed a petition seeking quashing of the criminal proceedings against her in the case alleging it was registered against her due to political reasons. Uttar Pradesh's Additional Advocate General Shail Kumar Dwivedi told a Bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan that the matter should be deferred for hearing for four weeks so that he could file a counter to the affidavit filed by the CBI.
The investigating agency in July last had responded to the apex court notice stating that there was sufficient evidence to show that Mayawati amassed wealth disproportionate to her known sources of income.
The CBI, which had registered a DA case against the BSP chief in 2003, alleged the assets shown by her in the Akbarpur parliamentary constituency were worth over Rs one crore whereas the assets increased to over Rs 50 crore in her declaration papers submitted during the 2007 assembly polls. The agency had said the she had been questioned about the wealth over a period of three years to which she has said that it was due to the party worker's donations, which included meagre sums of Rs five and Rs 10, on her birthday. However, it contended that the reasoning by Mayawati was not plausible and that it was likely to file a chargesheet against her in the disproportionate assets case soon. The agency refuted Mayawati's allegation that the UPA government was using the probe to serve its political interests and it was aimed at "character assassination."