SC warms up to hear new case against BSP chief Mayawati



Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati is facing new charges for corruption with Supreme Court consenting to hear a case linked to her alleged illegal wealth. The Centre had told the court that there were no new grounds for a new complaint against her.

For reasons known to itself, the Centre supported Mayawati, saying there was no need to lodge a fresh FIR against her as she had already been given a clean chit in the case.

The court said it would not pass any immediate order, but greed to hear he case. The SC was told that there was no ground to file a new FIR against Mayawati.

Opposing the registration of fresh FIR, attorney general Mukul Rohatgi told the Supreme Court that “issues of donations to Mayawati had been heard by the Income Tax department and that she had been given clean chit in each of the cases.” “We don’t have any other material, so why should we go on registering another FIR?” he asked.

Mayawati’s senior counsel pleaded the petition was politically motivated as petitioner Kamalesh Verma had quit the BSP after being denied a ticket to contest polls. This was nothing but case of political vendetta, said the counsel.

The CBI had closed its investigation against Mayawati for allegedly possessing disproportionate assets in October 2013.

Advocate Kamini Jaiswal, while arguing for Verma, said the clean chit was for the period 2003-04, while the present case was about her gaining wealth during 1993-2005.