No proof of corruption against Mayawati: Supreme Court

In a breather to BSP supremo and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati, the Supreme Court on Friday quashed a CBI probe against her in the disproportionate assets case and also pulled up the CBI for initiating the probe against her without specific directions from the court. The court said that the CBI should not have lodged an FIR against Mayawati as there was no direction from it. "We are satisfied that we didn't issue any direction to probe alleged disproportionate assets of Mayawati between 1995-2003," the court said.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati thanked her party workers for standing by her through out the long legal struggle. " I heartily welcome the Supreme Court verdict. I also thank my party workers for their patience. They stood by me like a rock. They always sided with me," she told media here. "My party workers derived inspiration from Baba Ambedkar's life and the struggle of late Kansi Ram and stood firm. They know that if the oppressed want to move ahead the road will be full of thorns, but they were not perturbed," she said. "Our people had the belief that Behenji is on the same path, and that we should not get distracted and continue to support Behenji," she added. The apex court today said it could not pass an order against Mayawati, as there wasn't enough material evidence. Mayawati had filed a petition in May 2008, seeking quashing of the criminal proceedings against her in the case, alleging it was an act of political vendetta. She claimed she had received the money through donations from party workers.


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