Fri, 06 Jul 2012 16:58:04 GMT | By IANS

Court scraps probe against Mayawati, BSP chief elated

New Delhi/Lucknow: In a major breather for Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati, the Supreme Court Friday dismissed a nine-year-old corruption case in which she was charged with embezzling public funds meant for the development of the Taj heritage corridor.

Court scraps probe against Mayawati, BSP chief elated

The Supreme Court, which stopped the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe against her, also pulled up the agency for overstepping its jurisdiction.

While an elated Mayawati said that justice had finally been done, Uttar Pradesh's ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) accused the probe agency of "technical errors" in its probe, leading to the former chief minister getting away.

Scrapping the first information report (FIR), a bench headed by Justice P. Sathasivam described the filing of another FIR against Mayawati for amassing wealth by corrupt means as illegal and without jurisdiction.

Slamming the CBI, the court said that in the registration of another FIR, the investigating agency exceeded its jurisdiction and its action was illegal. The court also said the second FIR against Mayawati was unwarranted and was filed due to the lack of understanding of the orders of the Supreme Court.

Pronouncing the judgment, Justice Sathasivam said: "Supreme Court being the custodian of the fundamental rights could not have ordered a roving inquiry against the petitioner (Mayawati)."

Mayawati was charged with embezzling funds meant to upgrade tourist facilities near the famous Agra monument and using them to amass assets in her and her family members' name.

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