New Delhi: In a major blow to Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) can investigate disproportionate assets case against Mayawati if it wants to.

The Apex Court, while hearing a review petition, also said that the power of investigating agency to probe case against Mayawati has not been taken away by the court.

In July last year, the Apex Court had quashed a nine-year-long disproportionate assets case against Mayawati and had pulled up the CBI for exceeding its jurisdiction by lodging an FIR against her without any direction from it.

The Apex Court had said that the DA case against Mayawati was "unwarranted" and the agency proceeded against her without properly understanding its orders which were confined to Taj Corridor case relating to the release of Rs 17 crore by UP government allegedly without sanction.

The Apex Court had also said there was no finding in the CBI's status report filed in September 2008 that Mayawati had allegedly amassed disproportionate assets during the period 1995-2003.


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