In a setback for Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati, with seven-phased Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh on since February 11, the Allahabad High Court has today issued notices against her and two of her close relatives. The notices were issued after a PIL was filed alleging “manipulation” of land records in their native village when she was the chief minister of the state.
A bench comprising Chief Justice D B Bhosle and Justice Yashant Verma gave the order on the PIL of Sandeep Bhati, a social worker who had alleged that in the Badalpur village of Gautam Buddh Nagar district, a large area of agricultural land had been declared as residential/non-agricultural lands.
He had alleged that this was done with a plan to change the land use so that sale of the plot so that the sale of the land could garner a huge sum to the owners.
The village under Greater Noida. Bhati has impleaded Mayawati, her brother Prabhu Dayal and nephew Anand Kumar in the PIL.
While issueing notice to the respondents, the court, while issuing notices to the respondents, asked the registry to club the PIL with another pending petition, in which similar allegations have been made, and list the matter for further hearing.
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Yesterday. while Mayawati accused the BJP of spreading rumors about the post-poll alliance with her party, Akhilesh said the saffron party has misled the entire country in the name of demonetisation and destroyed the economy. Addressing a rally at Kanpur, Mayawati said, “BJP is spreading rumors through social media that BJP and BSP are going to form the government together.”
(With inputs from PTI)