Taj corridor returns to haunt Mayawati

New Delhi, Nov 27 | Updated: Nov 28 2006, 07:28am hrs
Bringing the four-year old Taj expressway corridor case against BSP chief Mayawati back into focus, the Supreme Court on Monday allowed the CBI to proceed with the prosecution of the former UP chief minister in the case.

A bench of the Court quashed a report recommending closure of prosecution against the former UP chief minister in the Rs 175- crore Taj Heritage Corridor scam. All the material related to the case should be placed before the special magistrate for taking cognizance, the apex court ordered.

The court also denied referring the matter to the attorney general (AG) as there was no difference of opinion among the members of the investigating team to prosecute Mayawati. There was no question of referring the matter to AG for his opinion, the apex court said.

The court said: The opinion of the AG to not prosecute Mayawati was not required as the investigating officer in the case, the superintendent of police, the deputy legal adviser, the DIG, joint director, additional legal adviser and additional director CBI had opined that a case was made out for her prosecution.

With the BSP already declaring some candidates for the coming elections, and SP losing all its friends including the Left parties, the four-year old case is going to be a decisive campaign material for the ruling party.

The Congress, Jan Morcha and even the Left were trying to flirt with the BSP for a possible alliance with them. Now, after the Supreme Courts approval for prosecuting Mayawati, political observers believe that equations at the State might see sudden changes.

The CPI has already decided to contest the elections with Jan Morcha. The CPI(M) is yet to take a decision, but has made it clear that the UPA state committee of the party will take the final decision.

The Congress too was trying for an electoral alliance with the BSP, though Mayawati had earlier said that her party will contest the elections alone.