New Delhi, Oct. 4 (PTI): The Supreme Court will next week hear in an open court a plea to review its July judgment quashing the assets case against Mayawati.
A bench of Justices P. Sathasivam and Dipak Mishra today agreed to hear the plea, which claims the case was spiked on technical grounds without appreciating the evidence, on October 9.
“List the review petition in court on October 9, 2012, at 3.30pm,” the order said. Review petitions are normally decided by judges in their chambers, where litigants and their counsel are not let in.
This review petition has been filed by Uttar Pradesh’s Kamlesh Verma, an intervener in the plea filed by the former chief minister to quash the assets case against her.
Verma has said in his review plea that the apex court’s July 6 decision was based merely on technical grounds without appreciating the evidence collected by the CBI against Mayawati.
The petition argues that the judgment “belied” a public policy rule that cases of corruption by public servants should not be dealt with a technical approach. “Public policy required that even if there was some technical flaw in the investigation, the same could not have been given precedence over the overwhelming evidence collected by the CBI against Mayawati,” it said.
The ruling had come as a major relief to Mayawati in the nine-year-long assets case, more so as the apex court pulled up the CBI for exceeding its jurisdiction by lodging an FIR against her without any legal directive.
The court termed the case “unwarranted” and said the agency had proceeded against her without properly understanding its earlier orders, which, it said, were confined to the release of Rs 17 crore by her administration in the Taj Corridor case.