Taj corridor case: Allahabad HC dismisses petition against Mayawati
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 Lucknow bench of the court also dismissed the petitions against her cabinet colleague Naseemuddin Siddiqui.
Passing the order, the bench comprising Justices Imtiyaz Murtaza and Ashwani Kumar Singh said all petitions were devoid of merit and were accordingly being dismissed.
The bench had, on September 12, reserved its judgement on the PILs seeking direction for initiation of proceedings of criminal case against Mayawati and Siddiqui.
The special CBI court had in June 2007 dropped proceedings against Mayawati and Siddiqui for lack of prosecution sanction, which was not granted by the then Governor.
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.