Taj corridor case: Allahabad HC dismisses petition against Mayawati

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 05, 2012 05:40 hrs

The Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court on Monday dismissed a petition against former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati in the alleged 17-crore Taj Corridor scam case.

The court pronounced the order while hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that has challenged the refusal of the Mayawati and her close aide Naseemuddin Siddiqui.

The high court had on September 12 reserved its judgement on PILs seeking direction for initiation of proceedings of criminal case against Mayawati and Siddiqui.

A special CBI court had dropped proceedings against Mayawati and Siddiqui in 2007, as the apex investigating agency could not obtain prosecution sanction from UP governor.

Six different PILs filed in 2009 and 2011 have said that there was no need of sanction order to prosecute the duo and hence the High Court should direct for their trial.

The Taj corridor project was launched by Mayawati in 2002 to beautify the adjoining areas near the Taj Mahal.

Rs. 17 crore were allegedly released and the construction work began without the necessary environmental clearances. In 2003, the Supreme Court ordered the CBI to conduct an enquiry into these allegations. (ANI)

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