New Delhi, Aug. 4: A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking a review of its decision to quash a CBI probe into Mayawati’s allegedly disproportionate assets in connection with the Taj Heritage Corridor case.
Uttar Pradesh resident Kamlesh Verma today challenged the court’s July 6 decision to quash the FIR against Mayawati under Sections 13(1)(e) and 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, and narrated the sequence of events to urge the court to review its decision.
The decision was erroneous as it ruled that the CBI’s probe was without any jurisdiction, the petition, filed through counsel Kamini Jaiswal, contended.
The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister had assets disproportionate to her known sources of income during a certain period, the petition said.
From April 1, 1995, to August 29, 2003, Mayawati had Rs 2,51,40,472.12 in her two savings bank accounts as against her total annual income of Rs 1,12,68,459, it claimed.
She also had immovable property worth Rs 88,07,493 in her name and in the name of family members and close aides, it claimed.
All this compelled and warranted a detailed probe, it said.
Incidentally, the CBI has not filed a review petition.
Verma had, in 2003, drawn the court’s attention to the way in which the state had diverted river Yamuna and reclaimed 75 acres between Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal for commercial use.
During hearing, large-scale illegalities by officers of the state came to light, prompting the top court to direct a CBI probe into it, he claimed.
The court directed the CBI to find out “who cleared the project, for what purpose it was cleared without obtaining necessary sanction from the department concerned and whether there was any illegality or irregularity committed by the officers/persons.”
After the CBI came up with a preliminary report, the court on August 21, 2003, asked it to interrogate the persons involved in the decision-making process of granting contracts for the project.
In the same order, the court also directed the CBI to “interrogate and verify their assets because it was alleged that Rs 17 crores were released without prior sanction”.
Later on September 11, 2003, the court directed the CBI to collect the IT returns of these persons, including Mayawati. Finally, after scrutinising these reports, the bench directed that the “CBI shall take appropriate steps for holding investigation against the CM Mayawati and Naseemuddin Siddiqui, former minister for environment and other officers involved”.