Prosecute Mayawati in Taj scam, says Mulayam

New Delhi, Nov 21 | Updated: Nov 22 2005, 05:40am hrs
The SP-BSP confrontation in Uttar Pradesh appeared headed for the worst with the Mulayam Singh government on Monday contending before the Supreme Court that former chief minister Mayawati could be prosecuted in the Taj heritage corridor scam on the basis of the central vigilance commission (CVC) report.

The Uttar Pradesh governments stand on Monday follows the recent contention of attorney general Milon Banerjee on the basis of recommendation of the CBI director that no cases could be made against the BSP chief in the Rs 175 crore scandal.

The assertion on behalf of the UP government was made by senior advocate Harish Salve, who submitted before the bench headed by justice Ruma Pal that the apex court has all powers to pass appropriate orders in accordance with law for prosecution of Ms Mayawati on the recommendation of the CVC.

This was strongly opposed by the BSP chiefs counsel KK Venugopal who argued that he be heard before any order was passed on the matter as his client was being directly affected by the CVC recommendations.

Asking him why he should be heard before even filing of the chargesheet, the court directed him to explain, and posted the matter for further hearing for December 15. Before adjourning the matter, the court even suggested that chargesheet could be filed in the case on the basis of the report of the investigating officer.