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SP attacks CBI on probe against Mulayam

February 10, 2009 20:09 IST

The Samajwadi Party on Tuesday attacked the Central Bureau of Investigation over the probe into the disproportionate assets case against party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav [Images] and demanded an examination of the status report filed by the investigating agency in the Supreme Court.
    
Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh [Images] claimed that the third status report of CBI on its probe into the case has 288
"mistakes" and demanded a judicial inquiry to find out how they occurred.
    
"I do not trust CBI. Its third status report has 288 mistakes. I wonder how all the mistakes committed by the CBI
in the status report were against Mulayam Singh Yadav and in favour of Vishwanath Chaturvedi (the advocate who had filed PIL against Yadav)," Singh told media-persons in Lucknow.
    
"I want the status report to be opened by the court in camera ... there should be an in camera review," he said, significantly soon after the Supreme Court pulled up CBI in connection with the case, saying it was "acting at the behest" of the government.
    
Singh said he would want the apex court to get the third status report examined by a court appointed chartered accountant. "Otherwise, there could be judicial inquiry to find out how the mistakes were committed."

"The report we have is not a fake. The court can verify the CBI report and the one we have," Amar Singh said in
response to a question.
    
The SP general secretary was speaking soon after the Supreme Court pulled up CBI when Additional Solicitor General
Mohan Parasaran said that the opinion of the Law Ministry was sought to withdraw an application filed by the CBI in which it had sought to file a report on inquiry before the apex court and not the Centre.
    
The apex court had ordered a CBI inquiry on the alleged accumulation of disproportionate assets by Yadav, his sons --
Akhilesh, Prateek -- and daughter-in-law Dimple on a public interest litigation by an advocate Vishwanath Chaturvedi.
    
Singh also changed his tone from his yesterday's attack on Congress President Sonia Gandhi [Images] and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images], claiming he had never dragged their names into the controversy surrounding the CBI investigations against Yadav.
    
Singh had attacked the Prime Minister and Gandhi saying they, along with CBI, should prove that the alleged assets,
including a cinema hall and a hotel, belong to Yadav.




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