With the government today distancing itself from the disproportionate assets case against SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his family members after the Supreme Court slammed the CBI for acting at the behest of the Law Ministry, the rift between the SP and the Congress widened.
The SP trashed the CBI probe report as one with 288 mistakes while its MLAs stood on tables in the UP Assembly,hurling paper balls at Governor T V Rajeswar and accusing him of being soft on the Mayawati government to further Congress electoral interests.
The CBI,which wanted to submit its preliminary report on the assets case to the government and not the court,was taken to task by the Supreme Court bench of Justices Altamas Kabir and Cyriac Joseph: You are acting at the behest of the Central government. If the government says you should withdraw,you will and if they say file,you will do that. Do you realise what you are saying? You are not acting on your own… It is incomprehensible.
The government quickly distanced itself. Solicitor General G E Vahanvati said: The governments interest is that representations received by the CBI after it took the first view in October 2007 must be looked into. Look into the facts and report to your lordships.
This stand of the government angered the SP whose general secretary Amar Singh said: I do not trust the CBI. Its third status report has 288 mistakes.
Mulayam Singh,speaking to reporters in Lucknow,alleged that Governor Rajeswar had assured the Congress high command that the BSP was in for major gains in the coming elections and would ensure that a Congress prime minister assumes office.
Earlier,Amar Singh told Times Now it was Rajeswar who had helped broker the SP-Congress deal ahead of the trust vote last year.
The UP Governor came to me as Sonia Gandhis emissary. He accused the Congress of using people and then throwing them in the dustbin. They took my help to save the government and now they are calling me mad, he said.