New Delhi, Oct. 8: The CBI has decided to wind up its probe into the disproportionate assets case against Mayawati, saying there was “not enough evidence” against the Bahujan Samaj Party chief.
“We did not get enough evidence against her and such cases are also very difficult to prove in court,” said a senior CBI official.
The decision to close the investigations into the alleged corruption case against the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister came less than a month after the agency filed its closure report in the assets case against Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his family.
The agency, the CBI official said, decided against continuing with the probe against Mayawati after receiving legal opinion on the Supreme Court order quashing the FIR on the issue.
The apex court had quashed the agency’s FIR in connection with the alleged disproportionate assets of the BSP leader in July last year but the matter was in limbo since an intervention application filed by a private person.
In August this year, the Supreme Court dismissed the application, paving the way for the closure of the case, sources said.
The apex court had said the FIR in the assets case was quashed because the CBI proceeded against Mayawati without properly understanding its orders, which were confined to the Taj corridor case relating to the release of Rs 17 crore by the Uttar Pradesh government without sanction.
The court had also said the assets case against Mayawati was “unwarranted”. However, it had said the judgment had not taken away the CBI’s power to proceed against her in a separate assets case.