Mayawati's wealth is just 'affection'
NEW DELHI: Relations between UP chief minister Mayawati and the Congress-led UPA government may have begun to sour, but the benefits from the collaboration have not stopped flowing yet.
In what can knock the bottom out of the disproportionate assets case against the Dalit czarina, the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal has put a stamp of legitimacy on huge cash and some properties Mayawati had received from supporters as "gifts" just out of "veneration and personal esteem" for her.
The order stands out also for the way the tribunal has completely accepted the explanations proffered by Mayawati, including the one that may strike many as extraordinary, that some of her supporters took huge loans to buy properties only to gift those to the BSP boss.
The tribunal held that BSP supporters could indeed inflict the financial burden on themselves out of "love and affection" for a leader who was "working for the welfare of the downtrodden in a missionary manner".
It has brushed aside the doubts raised by the I-T department saying that it is not easy to fathom the complex working of emotions and psychology. In short, I-T department has said Mayawati's known sources of income don't justify the scale of properties and cash that she and her clan possessed. The UP CM said that she acquired the fortunes with the help of donations from her followers.
The verdict is sure to have a significant fallout on the CBI probe into the disproportionate assets case against the BSP supremo a few years ago after she and her clan were found to be in possession of 72 immovable properties, besides Rs 13 crore she claimed to have mopped up through more than 300 small donations.
Mayawati's wealth is just 'affection' -India-The Times of India