Trouble brewing for Mayawati in Taj Corridor case againMarch 25th, 2009 - 12:55 am ICT by IANS
Lucknow, March 24 (IANS) Fresh trouble appears to be brewing for Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati in the controversial Taj Corridor case following a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that was moved before the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court Tuesday to reopen the case.
The case, aimed at probing Mayawati’s move to create a commercial hub in the backdrop of the Taj Mahal during her second chief ministerial stint, was closed after denial of statutory sanction by Governor T.V. Rajeshwar to allow prosecution proceedings against Mayawati.
Political considerations arising on account of the then prevailing bonhomie between Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Congress were understood to be the reason behind the governor’s move.
The special Central Bureau of Investigation court therefore decided to close the case shortly after Mayawati returned to power for the fourth time in May 2007.
Responding to the PIL, a division bench comprising Justice Pradeep Kant and Justice Shabiul Hasnain summoned all documents related to the case and fixed April 16 for hearing the matter.
The state’s chief standing counsel Devendra Upadhyay felt the PIL was “frivolous and politically motivated”.
Denying that the case would be a cause of worry for the chief minister, Upadhyay told IANS: “The law is very clear on this; and the CBI court could not have proceeded in the matter without express approval of the governor, who in this case had clearly disapproved the sanction.”
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