CBI set to close case against Mulayam Singh Yadav


The CBI is set to file a closure report in the disproportionate assets case against Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his two sons Akhilesh and Prateek.

According to sources, the maximum increase in assets, both movable and immovable, was seen in the case of Mulayam's daughter-in-law Dimple Yadav. With the Supreme Court ruling in December last year that her name couldn't be included, the case against the Mulayam family couldn't be substantiated, sources said. With Dimple out, the rise in their assets could be held commensurate with their income and gifts received.

According to sources, in 2005, while the investments by Mulayam and Akhilesh were worth Rs 6,50,140, Dimple's investments alone came to Rs 24 lakh.

The UPA government has often been accused of using the assets case against Mulayam to keep the SP in check. Opposition parties led by the BJP believe that the CBI closure report is a sign that a deal has been struck with the SP over passage of food security Bill in the coming Parliament session. Mulayam opposes the Bill.

The CBI, in fact, is yet to question either Mulayam or his family members in the case. Sources said only CBI Director Ranjit Sinha's approval was needed to file the closure report.

A CBI spokesperson, however, denied Sunday that the agency was set to close the case. "The matter is currently under probe as per directions of the Supreme Court. Inquiry is underway and is in final stages. No final decision has been taken yet. As and when the probe is decided, the CBI will apprise the court," a spokesperson said.

In its earlier report, the CBI had said that the total income of the Yadav family was Rs 4.59 crore in 2005, up from Rs 18.26 lakh in 1993. It estimated their disproportionate assets as worth Rs 2.63 crore.

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