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Supreme Court of India has admitted a 2014-public interest litigation (PIL) petition seeking filing of a fresh FIR against ex-UP CM and BSP supremo Mayawati for disproportionate assets in light of the fresh material available.
Hearing the PIL filed by ex-BSP leader Kamlesh Verma, bench comprising of Justices Anil R Dave and Adarsh Kumar Goel observed that the new material should be looked into. Admitting the PIL, bench ordered:
The PIL had first come for hearing before the Supreme Court of India on 17 January 2014 by a bench of then Chief Justice of India P. Sathasivam and Justices Ranjan Gogoi and MY Eqbal. Petitioner was then represented by senior counsel Shanti Bhushan.
When the matter came back for hearing, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for CBI submitted that “Issues of donations to Mayawati had been heard by Income tax department and she had been given clean chit in each case”. [ANI] Mayawati was represented by senior counsel KK Venugopal who submitted before the Court that the petitioner – Kamlesh Verma is a former BSP member and the PIL was nothing but political vendetta.
However, the bench chose to admit the PIL.
Read the order here.
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