Taj Corridor scam case: SC issues notice to Mayawati
"We will examine the case," a bench comprising justices H L Dattu and Ranjan Gogoi said on the plea challenging a judgement of the Allahabad High Court which had dismissed a batch of PILs on the issue of Mayawati's prosecution in the absence of grant of sanction.
The petitioners contended that though the then Governor in 2007 T V Rajeshwar had refused to grant sanction for the prosecution of Mayawati and her then Cabinet colleague and Environment Minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui, the trial court should have proceeded with the criminal proceedings without the sanction.
Besides Mayawati, the apex court also issued notice to the Centre, CBI, the UP government and Siddiqui, seeking their response within four weeks to the petition which contended that the Governor's sanction was not required for their prosecution for the offences under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The case against them had been registered under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for cheating) and 471 (using forged document as genuine) of the IPC and sections 13(1)(d) [abuse of official position] read with 13(2) [punishment] of the PC Act.
Mayawati's counsel and senior advocate K K Venugopal said this was for the fourth time such a submission has been made against her, but the bench decided to