India Intelligence Report

   SC Asks Maulayam IT Returns

  • Congressman Complains, SC Refuses to Stop Investigation

  • Yadav Questions Congressman’s Motives

  • SC Wants IT returns 2001-2006 of Yadav and Parliamentarian son

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.

A similar case has been filed against Railway Minister and former Bihar Chief Minister Laloo Prasad Yadav. Laloo Yadav claims that he got his extraordinary wealth because his wife was good at selling milk. It is not clear what is the status of that case is.