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Disproportionate assets case a cause of trouble for Mulayam family for 18 years… know who is Vishwanath Chaturvedi

Lucknow: Former Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav and his family members have got a big relief from the Supreme Court in the case of disproportionate assets. The Supreme Court said that in this case the CBI has already closed the case on August 7, 2013 after preliminary investigation. As such, there is nothing left in the matter now. Court dismisses plea seeking status report on CBI’s closure report in disproportionate assets case against Akhilesh Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav and others. The CBI had filed a closure report after preliminary inquiry against Mulayam Singh, Akhilesh and others in the Disproportionate Assets case. Congress leader Vishwanath Chaturvedi had requested to present the status report in the matter. Vishwanath Chaturvedi started this fight from 2005. He didn’t give up even after the case was closed about 10 years ago. What will they do now? Questions are being raised on this. Actually, the order of the court has left no option before them in this matter. Vishwanath Chaturvedi has been associated with the Congress. Advocate in Supreme Court. Since 2005, one of the largest families of the country, Mulayam Singh Yadav has been a cause of trouble for the family.

Hearing in Chief Justice’s bench

A bench headed by Supreme Court Chief Justice DY Chandrachud said on the petition of Vishwanath Chaturvedi that following the orders of March 1, 2007 and December 13, 2012, the CBI had closed the case on August 7, 2013 after its preliminary investigation. It submitted its report to the CVC on 8 October 2013. Court said that the present petition has been filed in 2019 after 6 years. The application lacks merit and is, therefore, dismissed. The court also said that former Uttar Pradesh CM Mulayam Singh Yadav has passed away. Also asked the petitioner Vishwanath Chaturvedi what is left in the matter? The counsel for the petitioner said that the proceedings against Mulayam Singh have been closed, but there were allegations against his sons Akhilesh and Prateek.

Kapil Sibal, appearing for Akhilesh Yadav and others in the case, said that the CBI had filed the closure report after preliminary inquiry and said that regular case does not justify itself. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Mulayam family, said that the matter should be closed. The CBI gave an affidavit in 2019 and said that the case has been closed. So there is nothing left in this case. But, petitioner advocate Vishwanath Chaturvedi had said that it was against the CBI rule.

In the petition, Vishwanath Chaturvedi had said that the CBI, with the objective of protecting Mulayam Singh, Akhilesh Yadav and others, did not investigate the case properly and tried to mislead the court. In such a situation, the Supreme Court should pass an appropriate order against the CBI in the matter. Chaturvedi had filed a disproportionate assets complaint against Mulayam and others in this case in 2005. Citing the RTI reply, he had said that the CVC has said that no CBI report has come before them.

Case was filed in 2005

In the year 2005, Vishwanath Chaturvedi, a lawyer associated with the Congress, filed a case against the Mulayam family. In the case registered, it was said that Mulayam Singh Yadav illegally acquired property worth Rs 100 crore between 1999 and 2005 when he was the chief minister. Mulayam Singh Yadav, his sons Akhilesh Yadav and Prateek Yadav and daughter-in-law Dimple Yadav were made accused in this case. However, later the name of Mulayam’s daughter-in-law Dimple Yadav was dropped from the case. On 7 August 2013, the CBI closed the investigation due to lack of sufficient evidence. Against this, in the year 2019, advocate Vishwanath Chaturvedi filed a petition challenging the decision of CBI to close the investigation.

Vishwanath Chaturvedi filed a petition in the Rose Avenue Court in January 2019, raising the issue of CBI not giving closure report in the disproportionate assets case. The disproportionate assets case was filed by advocate Vishwanath Chaturvedi against Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, his sons Akhilesh and Prateek, daughter-in-law Dimple Yadav. The petition sought prosecution of Mulayam and his family under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 for amassing wealth disproportionate to known sources of income.

Order for CBI inquiry came

After hearing the petition filed by Vishwanath Chaturvedi, the Supreme Court issued an order to hand over the investigation to the CBI. An inquiry was ordered in the year 2007. But, in 2008, the Congress-led Manmohan Singh government faced a crisis. When the government came in minority, Mulayam saved the government by supporting it. After this, the speed of investigation slowed down a bit. In 2013, supported Mulayam on the National Food Security Bill. After this, the CBI submitted the closure report in the disproportionate assets case. Vishwanath Chaturvedi added it. However, now the Supreme Court has upheld the 10-year-old order to close the case.

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