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 Tuesday,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.
Top CBI sources said the movement of files and the exact page numbers have been selectively leaked to pressurise the CBI. A senior CBI official confirmed that the CBI was planning to close the case.
He said,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 to take a final decision. If the director disagrees with the decision of the probe officers,it will lead to further controversy. The entire process has been vitiated.
The CBI said that the rise in assets of Yadavs could be held commensurate with their income and gifts received. But the BJP has said the UPA government is responsible for the closure report as deal has been struck with the SP for passage of food security Bill.
A CBI officer said the leak has led to increased political pressure. At a stage when file movement had just started,it was leaked to the media. The CBI is unable to do what its junior officers have recommended to the director given the political pressure. There are serious allegations and we will narrow down on the culprits, he said.
During the six-year-long 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. From 1993-2005,investments by Mulayam and Akhilesh grew manifold which make it difficult to ascertain the exact quantum of alleged disproportionate assets. Another reason was that maximum increase in assets,both movable and immovable,was seen in the case of Mulayams daughter-in-law Dimple Yadav. However,the SC had ruled in December 2012 that Dimple couldnt be included and therefore the case against the family couldnt be substantiated.