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Mulayam Case
SC to CBI: Why did you go to govt?
R. Sedhuraman
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, February 10
The Supreme Court today pulled up the CBI once again after the premier investigation agency admitted that it had sought Law Ministry’s opinion in the disproportionate assets case against former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and his family members.

“It is incomprehensible…Why did you go to the government? You should have acted on your own or come to us,” a Bench comprising Altamas Kabir and Cyriac Joseph told Additional Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran.

In October 2007, the CBI had filed an affidavit seeking the court’s permission to file its probe report to it, instead of the government as directed by it. However, in December last year, the CBI moved the court seeking withdrawal of the affidavit, implying that it would like to give the report to the government.

The CBI has also changed its counsel, another ASG Gopal Subramaniam, following its U-turn in the case after the Manmohan Singh government had survived the July 22, 2008, trust vote, thanks to Mulayam’s Samajwadi Party.

Besides Mulayam, the case, arising from a PIL filed by an advocate, Vishwanath Chaturvedi, involves his sons Akhilesh and Prateek, and daughter-in-law Dimple.

Appearing for Mulayam, senior counsel Harish Salve wanted in-camera proceedings as he wanted to submit a DVD recording of a conversation of PIL petitioner Chaturvedi about the case and the court. The court asked him to file an application within a week for the purpose.

The Bench also asked the UP government to provide protection to Chaturvedi, who apprehended threat to his life.

Earlier, the court had derided the CBI following its request for withdrawal of the affidavit and the change of counsel.

Meanwhile, the court today reserved its order on various interim applications filed in the matter relating to the disproportionate assets case against Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Case has 288 mistakes: Amar

Samajwadi Party today attacked the CBI over the probe into the disproportionate assets case against party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and demanded examination of the status report filed by the investigating agency in the Supreme Court.

Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh claimed that the third status report of CBI on its probe into the case has 288 “mistakes” and demanded a judicial inquiry to find out how they occurred. “I do not trust CBI. Its third status report has 288 mistakes. I wonder how all the mistakes committed by the CBI in the status report were against Mulayam Singh Yadav and in favour of Vishwanath Chaturvedi (the advocate who had filed PIL against Yadav),” Singh told reporters here. — PTI

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