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SP wants Parl probe for Mulayam

March 07, 2007 18:46 IST

Accusing the Congress of hatching a political conspiracy against its leader, a combative Samajwadi Party today said it was ready to face an inquiry by a Parliamentary committee or a judge into the allegation that UP Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and his family had assets disproportionate to their known sources of income.

Akhilesh Yadav, son of the chief minister, also sought privilege proceedings against a leading English daily for publishing a news report containing "baseless" figures of assets owned by him and his father.

Akhilesh, who spoke after the matter was raised in Lok Sabha by SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav, sought protection from Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, claiming that he was being "framed" despite regularly filing IT returns.

"All the details of my movable and immovable property are before the Election Commission," he said.

The Supreme Court had, on a public interest litigation, which alleged that Yadav and his family possessed assets disproportionate to their known sources of income, ordered a preliminary inquiry by the CBI.

The SP contends that the PIL was moved at the behest of the Congress with an eye on the UP Assembly elections.

A two-term MP, Akhilesh said he was "shocked" to see the media report when there has been "no scandal, corruption or any such other case" against him. He said that this was a clear breach of his privilege and the matter should be given to Privileges Committee.

The Speaker said "if there is any grievance, I will look into it to the best of my ability. There is no question of any honourable member being harassed".

Ram Gopal Yadav said that the CBI inquiry was into a "non-existent" issue as the Chief Minister has not purchased any land or property in the past six years.

He alleged that the chief minister was being targeted by Congress ahead of the Assembly polls as a similar petition was rejected earlier by the court.

He said in many cases, the Supreme Court has made it clear that PIL should not be filed in "publicity interest" or "private interest."



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