New Delhi: The Supreme Court is expected to pronounce its verdict on Mulayam Singh Yadav's plea asking the apex court to review its order which initiated a CBI probe into the alleged accumulation of illegal assets by the Yadav family on Thursday.
Mulayam and his family members have said that there is no evidence against them and that they are being harassed by political adversaries. A bench of Chief Justice Altamas Kabir and Justice HL Dattu, which had reserved its order on February 17, 2011, will pronounce the verdict on review petition filed by Yadav, his sons Akhilesh and Prateek and daughter-in-law Dimple.
The apex court had ordered a CBI inquiry on March 1, 2007 into the alleged accumulation of disproportionate assets by Yadav family, on a public interest litigation (PIL) by an advocate, Vishwanath Chaturvedi, reportedly a Congress leader.
Deviating from the precedent of hearing review petitions in the judges' chambers, the bench had heard the petition in open court at Yadavs' request. Seeking review of the apex court order, Yadav and his family members had submitted that there was no evidence against them who are being harassed by political adversaries.
They assailed the apex court's earlier order claiming it would "set a dangerous precedent" of allowing political opponents to file "false and frivolous" petitions against their detractors.
During the arguments, the Centre, while refraining from going into the merits of the allegations against the Yadavs, had cited a number of judicial pronouncements to drive home the point that the apex court has powers to order a CBI inquiry in "exceptional cases."
With additional information from PTI