SC allows CBI to probe assets case against Mayawati

In what could spell fresh trouble for Mayawati, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said the CBI was at liberty to proceed with the probe into a disproportionate assets case against the BSP chief and that the court never intended to stall the investigation.

A Bench led by Justice P Sathasivam clarified that the court's previous order of July 2012 quashing the proceedings against Mayawati was based on different considerations and it was not an impediment for the CBI to probe the DA case against her. It said that the FIR in the case was quashed because the CBI had proceeded against her without properly understanding its orders, which were confined to the Taj Corridor case.

"The CBI can probe the disproportionate assets case against her. Its power to probe the case against Mayawati has not been taken away by us," said the Bench, while reserving its verdict on a review plea against the previous judgment.

The review petition has been filed by Kamlesh Verma, who was an intervener in the case filed by Mayawati in the apex court for quashing the corruption case against her.

Mayawati's counsel opposed the review plea, but Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran said a clarification was required from the SC that its order did not place a bar on CBI's right to probe the case.

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