The Supreme Court (SC) refused to stop investigative processes dealing with
the disproportionately high wealth to their known sources of income of Uttar
Pradesh Chief Minister Maulayam Singh Yadav and his son and asked to see his
income tax (IT) returns. The SC asked the family to explain the source of
income and investments of his family in the last 5 years and asked for file
income and wealth tax documents from 2001 and 2006 by July 17.
The case was filed by a Congress politician Vishwanath Chaturvedi who lost
elections filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against Yadav and family.
Chaturvedi alleged that Yadav and family acquired unreasonable wealth through
"illegal means" and by misusing Yadav’s official position. Yadav has claimed
that the credentials of Chaturvedi needs investigation and seemed to imply that
the case was politically motivated as the petitioner was the head of Congress’s
PIL Cell. Chaturvedi’s lawyer contested this allegation asserting that there is
no political motive as the Congress and Yadav’s Samajwadi Party (SP) are
coalition partners in the Federal Government and denied that he headed such a
cell within the Congress party.
Chaturvedi also informed the court that the IT Department had issued a notice
to Mr. Yadav and son to give details about moveable and immovable properties
acquired by them and their family during 2002-03 to 2005-06. The SC has asked
the Federal Government, Yadav, and his son who is a Parliamentarian to respond
by July 17.