New Delhi: In setback to Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, the Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that CBI probe against the SP chief will continue in DA case.

However, the Apex Court dropped the CBI probe against Dimple Yadav, daughter-in-law of Mulayam and wife of Akhilesh Yadav, saying that she was not holding any public office and she was only a private person holding no position.

CJI Altmas Kabir and Justice HL Dattu upheld preliminary inquiry but said the CBI will not submit its report to the Central Government.

"We are modifying our order of March 1, 2007 to remove the error in it directing CBI to place the report before the government," the bench said, making it clear that the agency will have to place the probe report before the Apex Court. The CBI can’t act its own, said SC while delivering the verdict.

The bench said it is also not contemplated in the Delhi Police Establishment Act under which CBI functions that the agency has to file its status report to the government.

The Supreme Court had ordered the DA probe against Mulayam's family on March 1, 2007. The court modified its 2007 order which had asked CBI to submit preliminary probe report to the Centre for further action.

The SC did not accept their review petition against CBI inquiry. However, the Apex Court provided relief to Mulayam’s daughter-in-law Dimple Yadav dropping investigation against her.

The latest development in the DA case against Mulayam is likely to worsen SP’s relations with UPA government. The 22- member SP is extending outside support to the UPA.

JPN/Agencies

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