The trouble for embattled SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav is far from over with the CBI all set to launch a further enquiry into the disproportionate assets case. Early this month,the CBI team probing the case had recommended closure,stirring a political reaction from the Opposition parties which accused the UPA government of trying to woo Mulayam ahead of the crucial Monsoon Session.
The BJP had alleged that the CBI move is based on the directions of the UPA government to garner support for the food Bill. Mulayam opposes the Bill. Top CBI officials said CBI Director Ranjit Sinha after reviewing the 132-page closure report returned the file instructing the probe team to further examine the matter. The investigating officer of the case has suggested closure after verifying the assets and income of SP supremo and his two sons.
During a recent discussion called by Sinha,a suggestion to carry out a further probe was made. It was also suggested to file the closure report before the apex court and let the court decide on the matter.
However,the agency decided to get the matter examined legally and get it further investigated,added officials. Sources claimed they are still charting out the way to take forward the probe ino the case. After the alleged leak of the decision to close the DA case,Sinha had ordered an internal probe as at the time of the leak,the file was pending with him.
The agency may also seek clarification from Mulayam and his two sons. In its six-year probe,the CBI never recorded the statement of either Mulayam or any of his family members. In its first status report,the CBI has claimed that a DA case of Rs 2.63 crore is made out against Mulayam and his family members,including daughter-in-law and MP Dimple Yadav.
In December 2012,the SC directed the probe agency to exclude Dimple as she was holding no office of profit during the period 1993-2005. The agency during its re-assessment of Mulayams assets said the rise in assets of Yadavs could be held commensurate with their income and gifts received.
CBI had registered a preliminary enquiry in the case in March 2007 on the Supreme Courts orders. While it claimed to have collected more than 400 documents,only eight persons were examined. In 2008,the then solicitor general G E Vahanvati advised the CBI that the case against Mulayam be closed since assets of relatives Akhilesh and Dimple could not be clubbed with his.