New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told the Supreme Court on Tuesday it has no evidence to register a criminal case against Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav in a disproportionate assets (DA) case filed in 2007.
The CBI affidavit comes two days before the general election results, with a critical role for Uttar Pradesh which has 80 Lok Sabha seats. The state witnessed a three-cornered fight with the SP-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance taking on the Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress.
Advocate Vishwanath Chaturvedi had filed a public interest litigation in 2005 seeking a CBI probe into assets acquired by Yadav and his family, claiming the Yadavs’ assets rose by ₹100 crore since 1997. In March 2007, following a court order, the agency registered a preliminary enquiry against Mulayam, Akhilesh, Dimple Yadav, Prateek Yadav and other unknown persons on their alleged DA. The agency found a prima facie case against Yadav. (Dimple Yadav’s name was later dropped after an apex court order in 2012).
In Tuesday’s affidavit, the CBI said it closed the preliminary enquiry in 2013 as no evidence was found about disproportionate assets more than filed in tax returns. The affidavit also said further enquiry was conducted, documents were collected and the explanations of suspects recorded as well.