The CBI closed the Disproportionate Assets (DA) case against Mulayam Singh Yadav on 20 September. Vishwanath Chaturvedi, the petitioner in the DA case against Mulayam Singh Yadav and his family members, said that the application to be filed by the CBI in the Supreme Court is not a closure report: “It’s only an opinion and the Supreme Court will decide on the matter only after the scrutiny of the application and hearing the petitioner in the case. As and when this application is filed by the CBI in the Supreme court, a copy of the document will also be made available to me. Then only will I be able to comment on the matter.”
In December 2012, the Supreme Court had directed the CBI to go ahead with the probe against Mulayam and his sons Akhilesh and Prateek, but drop the probe against Dimple Yadav, Akhilesh’s wife and Samajwadi Party MP from Kannauj as she was not holding an office of profit when the agency started the probe in 2007. “Soon after this directive of the Supreme court to the CBI, I had filed an application opposing the directive and it’s still pending,” said Chaturvedi.
Vishwanath Chaturvedi, a Supreme Court advocate and a Congress leader from Raebareli, had filed a PIL in the Supreme Court in November 2005. He had alleged that Mulayam Singh Yadav, his two sons and his daughter-in-law had disproportionate assets – far more than their known sources of income. Raebareli is the parliamentary constituency of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
On 1 March, 2007 the Supreme Court had directed the CBI to enquire into the charge of disproportionate assets against the then UP chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and his family members. Soon after the SC order for a probe by the CBI, the UP government targeted Vishwanath Chaturvedi, allegedly on the orders of the then chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav. The private residence owned by his father in a township developed by the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) on Lucknow-Kanpur road was demolished. The LDA first cancelled the allotment order and then demolished the house saying the allotment was illegal. Before the demolition, the power and water connection of the residence was disconnected. Moreover, the police lodged as many as six criminal cases, including that of power theft, against Vishwanath Chaturvedi.
“The UP government on the orders of the chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav not only destroyed my property in Lucknow, but ordered all sorts of enquiries against my family. Moreover a wall was constructed right in front of our ancestral home in Shivhgarh village,” said Vishwanath Chaturvedi.
However, the political equation at the Center changed following the Left parties’ withdrawal of support to the Congress-led UPA government over the Indo-US nuclear deal. The Samajwadi Party came to the rescue of the UPA and the Congress immediately distanced itself from Vishwanath Chaturvedi.
Chaturvedi says, “I am still a member of the Congress. Come what may, my battle against Mulayam Singh Yadav and his family’s corruption will continue’.”