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CBI to probe info ‘leak’ of Mulayam assets case closure

The alleged leak of information that the CBI may close the disproportionate assets case against SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and his sons Akhilesh and Prateek has taken the agency by surprise.

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Published: July 24, 2013 5:55 am

The alleged leak of information that the CBI may close the disproportionate assets case against SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and his sons Akhilesh and Prateek has taken the agency by surprise. On Wednesday CBI Director Ranjit Sinha ordered a probe into the incident.

The CBI was about to close the case and the file was sent to Sinha for his nod when it was leaked.

Reports in the media about the CBI move has created an uproar with the BJP accusing the Congress of using the CBI to woo the SP chief.

CBI sources said the “movement of files” and even the “exact page numbers” have been selectively leaked to put pressure on the CBI.

A senior CBI official confirmed that the CBI was planning to close the case.

“We have ordered a probe and would like to go into the details. After the decision was leaked,it is not possible for the CBI director to take a final decision on the case. If the director disagrees with the decision of the probe officers,it will lead to further controversy. The entire process has been vitiated,” the official said.

The CBI said the rise in assets of Yadavs “could be held commensurate with their income and gifts received”. But the BJP has accused the UPA government that the CBI closure report is a sign that a deal has been struck with the SP for passage of food security Bill.

In the six-year-old probe,the CBI has found that increase in the assets of Mulayam and Akhilesh was because of loans from relatives which were later claimed to be gifts.

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