The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court has directed the state estate officer to appear before it and explain allegations that huge amount of public money have been spent on the construction of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati’s bungalow in Lucknow.
The court also asked the state government and the estate officer to explain why four bungalows were merged for Mayawati. The officer has been directed to explain why a counter affidavit has not been filed till now in this regard.
The division bench of Justice Satyendra Singh Chauhan and Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi passed the order on Wednesday while hearing a PIL filed by advocate Moti Lal Yadav. The court will hear the case next on October 28.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Yadav said that through his petition filed in 2013, he has sought a CBI probe on how Mayawati managed to purchase bungalow number 9 at Mall Avenue in Lucknow, which belonged to a trust and was allotted to one Prakash Chand Mishra for a 90-years lease in 1936. “After the bungalow was made freehold in 2006, it was purchased by BSP general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra, who later transferred this on Mayawati’s name,” alleged Yadav.
He has also sought a probe into public money worth Rs 86 crore allegedly being spent for construction of bungalow number 13 at Mall Avenue, which was allotted to Mayawati as a former chief minister. Money was spent by the Nagar Nigam and estate, home and cultural departments, he has alleged in his petition.
Moreover, Yadav had reportedly claimed that bungalow number 13, which is spread over five acres, includes the former office of UP sugarcane commissioner. “The land for bungalow number 13 was initially two acres. But after the office of the UP sugarcane commissioner was included the area, it was increased to five acres,” he claimed.