SC rejects Vijayamma plea against Naidu
Vijayamma Sought CBI Probe Into Alleged Disproportionate Wealth Of TDP Chief
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to step into a murky political rivalry-fuelled litigation culture in Andhra Pradesh and rejected a petition by YS Vijayamma,wife of former chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy,seeking a CBI probe into alleged disproportionate assets of Telugu Desam Party leader N Chandrababu Naidu.
Senior advocates Ram Jethmalani and Mukul Rohatgi said the Andhra Pradesh high court,did not hesitate in ordering a CBI probe against Jaganmohan Reddy over his alleged illegal assets following a petition filed by former minister P Shankar Rao and demanded a CBI probe into Naidus disproportionate wealth.However,citing the political rivalry between her and Naidu,the apex court concluded that political battles must not be fought in court and set aside its earlier order for a preliminary investigation into the TDP leaders wealth.
The mother of YSR Congress leader also cited the Supreme Courts decision to order probe into alleged disproportionate assets of Mulayam Singh Yadav despite the PIL being filed by a political rival,Vishwanath Chaturvedi.She said the judiciary must follow a uniform method while ordering probe into alleged disproportionate assets of political leaders.
Jethmalani alleged that the CBI was acting at the behest of the Union government and said the case against Jaganmohan Reddy was strange as the HC took cognizance of a letter written by a Congress MLA,converted into a PIL and ordered a CBI probe.If the HC brushed aside the political rivalry in that case,would it be proper to cite that as a ground to dismiss a PIL against Naidu he asked.
The bench said the HCs decision to dismiss her PIL and the apex courts refusal to entertain appeal against the HC order would come in the way of filing complaint before the statutory authority for registration of FIR on the issue.If they do not entertain the complaint or refuse to register FIR,there were legal remedies available to the petitioner to redress her grievance, the bench said.