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SC to decide how Maya assets swelled so quickly
Legal Correspondent

Big Qs

1. Is politics such a high-paying profession? 
2. Does holding of public office make people
so rich?

New Delhi, June 28
In the wake of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati declaring assets worth Rs 50.27 crore, the Supreme Court was today approached for knowing the source of her income which had registered a 400 per cent increase since her last declaration made at the time of filing her nomination to the 2004 Lok Sabha election.

In an application, filed as a part of a pending PIL challenging the validity of the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) provision under Section 19 on grant of sanction for prosecution of public servants in corruption cases, it was stated that Mayawati in her affidavit before the returning officer along with the nomination papers for 2004 Lok Sabha election had declared her assets worth Rs 11 crore.

“Mayawati, who started her career as a teacher in a Delhi administration school and with her father retiring as a senior clerk, surprisingly acquired such unimaginable wealth without disclosing the source of her income,” said the application, moved by advocate Manzoor Ali Khan on whose PIL the court had already issued a notice on June 18.

Khan had filed the PIL in the wake of UP Governor T.V. Rajeshwar refusing sanction to the CBI for prosecution of Mayawati in the Taj corridor scam case even as the Supreme Court, on whose direction the FIR was registered, had held that a “prima facie” case was made against her and other accused persons, including Nasimuddin Siddiqui, a UP Minister.

The application said that the acquisition of assets by Mayawati has to be looked into keeping in view the list of her properties, given in her affidavit before the returning officer before the Lok Sabha elections, which differed from the present declaration of assets.

“Is politics such a high-paying profession? Does holding of public office make people so rich?” are the questions raised in the application.



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