CBI seeks apex court leave to withdraw case against Mulayam

Dec 12th, 2008 | By editor | Category: In News, Nation

 Legal Correspondent
NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation has moved the Supreme Court seeking permission to withdraw its application to register a corruption case against the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mulayam Singh, and his family members.
Acting on a public interest litigation petition by advocate Vishvanath Chaturvedi, the court on March 1, 2007 ordered the CBI to conduct a preliminary enquiry (PE) to ascertain whether they owned assets disproportionate to their known sources of income.
The court directed the CBI to submit a report to the Union government and on receipt of it, the Centre might take further steps depending on the outcome of the enquiry.
In October 2007, the CBI filed an affidavit saying it had completed the PE against Mr. Mulayam Singh; his sons Akhilesh Yadav, MP, and Prateek Yadav; and Dimple Yadav, wife of Mr. Akhilesh Yadav.
The CBI then said: “After a PE is registered, verifications/enquires are undertaken and if they indicate commission of offence(s) by the persons concerned, a regular case will be registered and further investigation and action taken in the matter in accordance with the law.
“In the matter of registration of a case, the CBI does not make a reference to either the Central government or the State government. It is willing to place a status report in the court, if necessary.”
It sought a direction to proceed in the matter in accordance with the law without any further reference to the Union or State government.
Now the CBI said: “After the filing of the [October 26, 2007] application there have been further developments. Representations were received from the respondents [Mr. Mulayam Singh and others] and legal advice was sought. In view of the legal advice [to close the case] and directions of the Union of India, the application filed by CBI may be allowed to be withdrawn.”

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