Mayawati withdrew Guest House case against Mulayam Singh Yadav in February after SP-BSP alliance

NEW DELHI: BSP leader Mayawati had withdrawn her case, of an assault against her in the UP Guest House incident of 1995, against Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav earlier this year in February from the Supreme Court.

This was upon BSP and SP entering into an electoral alliance for the Lok Sabha polls, it is now revealed. Mayawati, however, did not make her move to withdraw the case public so far and told her leaders two days ago that she had withdrawn the case from the Supreme Court honouring Akhilesh Yadav’s request to her.

In 2009, BSP leaders Ram Achal Rajbhar and Barkhuram Verma had filed applications in the Supreme Court challenging the quashing of charges against Mulayam Singh Yadav and other SP leaders like Azam Khan and Shivpal Singh Yadav relating to the alleged assault on then UP CM Mayawati in the UP Guest House in Lucknow in 1995. The case had soured relations between both parties.

But on January 12 this year, Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav announced an alliance for the Lok Sabha polls. As per an SC order dated February 26, 2019 – which has been accessed by ET, it is mentioned: “At the joint request made by the learned counsel for the parties, this Court on 8-1-2019 granted four weeks time to them to file settlement agreement, if any. Today, learned counsel appearing on behalf of the appellants, in both the Criminal Appeals, seeks permission to withdraw the said Appeals. In view of the request made, the Criminal Appeals are dismissed as withdrawn.”

An earlier order on January 8 in the said case indicates that both parties had started talks to settle the matter before the alliance was announced formally on January 12. “At the joint request made by the learned counsel appearing for
the parties seeking four weeks adjournment on the ground that settlement talks are going on between the parties, list the matters after four weeks for filing of a settlement agreement, if any,” the SC had ordered on January 8 this year.