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Mayawati's agricultural income may not be genuine: CBI

By Sumir Kaul in New Delhi
July 24, 2008 16:34 IST
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The Central Bureau of Investigation has alleged that the claims of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati about earning Rs 64,000 from agricultural income 'does not appear to be genuine'.

The BSP supremo had disclosed Rs 64,700 as agricultural income in the Income Tax returns filed for the assessment year of 1997-98, the CBI said, citing an Income Tax department report.

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However, the CBI has informed the Supreme Court that most of the people, who were shown as having purchased the foodgrain, denied any such transaction.

"The report received from the Income Tax department reveals that Agricultural income of Rs 64,700 shown by Mayawati for assessment year 1997-98 does not appear to be genuine. Most of the persons who were examined regarding sale of food grains, have denied to have purchased any food grains from Mayawati," the CBI said in its counter-affidavit filed in the apex court, in response to a petition filed by Mayawati seeking quashing of CBI's FIR filed in connection with her disproportionate assets case.

CBI said the district agricultural officers concerned have been asked to provide statement of yearly income from the agricultural lands owned by Mayawati and her family members during the check period.

Mayawati has been accusing the CBI of being politically motivated.

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Sumir Kaul in New Delhi