Corruption: Rs 400 crore ‘benami’ plot of Maya brother attached

The BSP chief on Thursday alleged it as “BJP’s deplorable attempt to falsely implicate… & harass members of my family”.

The provisional order for the attachment of the seven-acre plot, “beneficially owned” by Anand Kumar — recently appointed BSP national vice-president — & his wife, Vichiter Lata, was issued by the I-T department’s Delhi-based Benami Prohibition Unit on July 16.

The plot, on which a five-star hotel & other luxury facilities are planned, is registered at 2A, Sector 94, Noida & measures 28,328.07 square metres or about seven acres & has a book value of Rs 400 crore, the order said.

According to findings of the probe, the I-T department detected a “complex web of shareholding” by at least six firms, including dummy companies, who were the ‘benamidars’ or the ‘entities’ in whose name the benami property was standing.

The companies identified as ‘benamidars’ in the order are Vision Town Planners Private Limited, BPTP International Trade Center Pvt Ltd, Euro Asia Mercantile Pvt Ltd, Sunny Cast & Forge Pvt Ltd, Karishma industries Pvt Ltd & Ad-Fin Capital Services India Pvt. Ltd.

Kumar & Lata were the sole beneficiaries of the funds of the multi-layered benami transactions that took place through these companies, the department alleged. The two have been charged with paying the actual monetary consideration to own the asset.

According to the probe, the asset was created after allegedly using the services of some Delhi-based hawala entry operators. The department has held that the “source of funds” of these companies is “fictitious”.

Mayawati said: “BJP is misusing power to hatch a conspiracy to falsely implicate its rivals. But BSP is not going to be cowed down. In 2003, the government led by the same party had targeted us through CBI & I-T department. But ultimately, we got justice from the Supreme Court.”

Kumar & Lata were the sole beneficiaries of the funds of the multi-layered benami transactions that took place through these companies, the department alleged. The two have been charged with paying the actual monetary consideration to own the asset.

According to the probe, the asset was created after allegedly using the services of some Delhi-based hawala entry operators. The department has held that the “source of funds” of these companies is “fictitious”.

Mayawati said: “BJP is misusing power to hatch a conspiracy to falsely implicate its rivals. But BSP is not going to be cowed down. In 2003, the government led by the same party had targeted us through CBI & I-T department. But ultimately, we got justice from the Supreme Court.”

Mayawati justifies construction of statues in UP, tells SC they represent will of people

BSP supremo Mayawati Tuesday defended in the Supreme Court the construction of life-size statues of herself in Uttar Pradesh, saying they represent the “will of the people”.

The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister, in an affidavit filed in the apex court, said the memorials and statues of herself and other leaders were “intended to promote values and ideals of various sants, gurus, social reformers and leaders among the public and not intended to promote the symbol of BSP or to glorify” her.

Mayawati said in her affidavit that her statues came into being “as the will of the state legislature to represent the will of the people”.

She said funds for construction of the memorial and installation of statues were sanctioned through budgetary allocations after approval of the budget by the state legislature.

Mayawati also sought the dismissal of a plea, which alleged that pubic funds were misused in the construction of memorials and statues, saying it is politically motivated and a gross abuse of process of court of law.

On February 8, the apex court had said that the BSP chief should deposit public money used for erecting statues of herself and elephants, the party’s symbol, at public places in Uttar Pradesh to the state exchequer.

“Ms Mayawati, pay all the money back. We are of the view that Mayawati should reimburse all the money she spent.

“We are of the tentative view that Mayawati has to deposit the public money spent on her statues and party symbol to the state exchequer,” the bench had said.

The top court was hearing a petition filed in 2009 by an advocate who had alleged that about Rs 2,000 crore was used from the state budget for 2008-09 and 2009-10, when Mayawati was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, for stalling her statues and BSP’s symbol at different places.

It was contended that public money cannot be utilised for creating own statues and for propagating the political party.

On May 29, 2009 the court had issued show cause notice to the Uttar Pradesh government and Mayawati for using the public money for installing her statues and party’s symbol at parks in Lucknow and Noida, adjacent to the national capital.

During the pendency of the PIL, the apex court on February 22, 2010, had asked the Election Commission to examine the plea for removal of installation of these symbols from public places during the 2012 assembly polls.

The EC on January 7, 2012 had ordered that statues of Mayawati and elephants be covered during the state Assembly election.

The poll panel had said the measure was taken with the idea that no one should get political mileage.

When the the apex court in 2009 had decided to entertain the PIL, it had noted in its order the grievance of the petitioner that “hundreds of crores of public money” is being spent by the Uttar Pradesh government for “personal glorification” by erecting statues particularly of leaders who were in power.

It had also noted the petitioner’s claim that the cost on installation of 60 elephant statues was Rs 52.20 crore which was not only wastage of public money but also contrary to circulars issued by the Election Commission.

It was alleged that the Uttar Pradesh Department of Culture has almost spent 90 per cent of its budget for erecting these statues.

The PIL had alleged that the activity was being carried out as a state policy, which is arbitrary and violative Article 14 of the Constitution.

The apex court had also noted the submission that “the huge public funds which are otherwise meant for improving the condition of millions of people living below the poverty line cannot be legitimately diverted for erecting statues and parks”.

PIL on manipulation of land records: Allahabad HC issues notices to Maya

PIL on manipulation of land records: Allahabad HC issues notices to Maya
PIL on manipulation of land records: Allahabad HC issues notices to Maya

The Allahabad High Court today issued notices to BSP supremo Mayawati and two of her close relatives on a PIL alleging “manipulation” of land records in their native village while she was the UP Chief Minister.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice D B Bhosle and Justice Yashant Verma passed the order on the PIL of social worker Sandeep Bhati, who had alleged that in Badalpur village of Gautam Buddh Nagar district, a large tract of agricultural land, spread over an area of 47,433 square metres, had been declared as “abadi”(residential/non-agricultural).

The petitioner has alleged that this was done with a view to changing the land use so that sale of the plot, in part or whole, could fetch a huge sum to the owners.

The village falls in the vicinity of Greater Noida and the petitioner has impleaded Mayawati, her brother Prabhu Dayal and nephew Anand Kumar as parties in the PIL.

The court, while issuing notices to the respondents, directed the registry to club the PIL with another pending petition, wherein similar allegations have been made, and list the matter for further hearing.

( Source – PTI )

CJ to assign PIL against Mayawati’s bungalow: HC

CJ to assign PIL against Mayawati's bungalow: HC
CJ to assign PIL against Mayawati’s bungalow: HC

The Allahabad High Court has directed that a plea against merger and allotment of bungalows to former Chief Minister Mayawati be placed before Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud so that it can be assigned to an appropriate bench.

“The question of merger, as pointed out by the learnedAdditional Advocate General (AAG), is not directly an issue before the larger bench, but in order to remove all doubts, we hereby direct that this matter be placed before the Chief Justice for nomination of appropriate bench,” the court ordered.

A division bench of justices Satyendra Singh Chauhan and Ritu Raj Awasthi issued the order on Tuesday while hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by M L Yadav in 2013 seeking Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into this matter.

On behalf of the state government, AAG Bulbul Godiyalpointed out that identical matters were engaging the attention of a larger bench which had been constituted under the orders of the Supreme Court.

Earlier, the court had given one last opportunity to the state government counsel on his request to file supplementary affidavit on information regarding merger of any other government bungalows in Lucknow.

It had also directed the petitioner to do more research and find out as to how many other bungalows had been merged in Lucknow as was done in bungalow allotment to Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati.

The petitioner sought a direction that all the records of bungalows in Mall Avenue be produced and it be made clear under which procedure/channel the houses were allegedly merged and alloted to Mayawati.

He also sought a direction for a detailed inquiry by an independent agency like CBI in the matter.

( Source – PTI )

Scam-accused former UP minister’s bail plea rejected

former Uttar Pradesh minister Badshah Singh,The Allahabad High Court today rejected the bail plea of former Uttar Pradesh minister Badshah Singh, an accused in the multi-crore Labour and Construction Co-operative Federation (LACCFED) scam during the erstwhile BSP regime.

Justice Aditya Nath of the Lucknow Bench passed this order on an application for bail moved on behalf of Singh.

Opposing the bail, the prosecution submitted that many engineers had specifically accused Singh of accepting bribe of Rs 5 crore on April 2, 2011.

Singh, the Labour Minister in the Mayawati cabinet, was arrested on October 3, 2012 for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 5 crore to allot LACCFED, a state-controlled cooperative body, the contract of building labour shelters across Uttar Pradesh.

The court said that “without expressing any opinion on the merits, I do not find it a fit case for grant of bail. The application is therefore rejected”.

(Source: PTI)



Mayawati’s disproportionate assets: SC disposes off petition

mamtaIn a relief to Mayawati, Supreme Court Thursday disposed off a petition seeking review of its earlier judgement quashing CBI investigation into alleged disproportionate assets of BSP supremo.

Disposing off the petition, the apex court bench headed by Chief Justice P. Sathasivam said that by its earlier judgement it has only said that the investigation into Mayawati’s alleged disproportionate assets by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) could not arise from its order of probe into Taj corridor case.

(Source: IANS)

Taj corridor case: Supreme Court seeks Mayawati’s response

The Supreme Court decided to examine afresh a plea seeking prosecution of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati in the Rs 17 crore Taj Corridor scam case without sanction of the Governor.

“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 examine the issue afresh.

The petitioners have also submitted that CBI did not challenge the decisions of the then Governor refusing sanction for prosecution and a special CBI court dropping the criminal proceedings against the two politicians in the absence of sanction. The Allahabad High Court on November 5, 2012 had upheld a June 2007 order of the special CBI court which dropped the criminal proceedings against Mayawati and Siddiqui for want of the then Governor’s sanction to prosecute them.

In 2002, Mayawati had launched the project to beautify areas near the Taj Mahal. A year later, the Supreme Court had directed CBI to conduct an inquiry into the alleged scam in the Rs 175 crore Taj Corridor project.

However, only Rs 17 crore was released for it.



Akhilesh Yadav: Game of name changing continues

It seems that Uttar Pradesh is not going to do development in future but will do development in changing names of cities, changing names of programmes initiated by Mayawati. Since the coming of Akhilesh Yadav we often hear maladministration news from Uttar Pradesh this is perhaps because of his total attention is diverted towards changing names of cities.

 We all have been hoping from this young Turk that he will change UP, UP will now get rid from rule of older people, a fresh air of development will move in UP, he will supply young blood in the veins of people which is sleeping till date but in opposite to our hopes he is following footsteps of old people.

 Mayawati who named 8 cities of Uttar Pradesh in the name of Dalit heroes to inspire dalits has been changed by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to their older names.The decision in this regard was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

 While Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Nagar, formerly known as Amethi, will now be known as Gauriganj, Rambai Nagar will be called Kanpur dehat.The names of Bheem Nagar, Prabuddha Nagar and Pancheel Nagar have been changed to Bahjoi, Shamli and Hapur respectively, they said.Similarly names of Kanshiram Nagar, Mahamaya Nagar and JP Nagar have been changed to Kasganj, Hathras and Amroha respectively.

 The Cabinet also restored the name of King George’s Medical University (KGMU), which was changed to Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University in the BSP regime.

 SP changing names of districts with ‘ill will’: Mayawati

 BSP supremo Mayawati today accused ruling SP of changing “with an ill will” the nomenclatures of districts named after saints, gurus and dalit icons during her regime.

 “New districts were created during BSP regime and named after dalit and OBC icons so that they always remain a source of inspiration for the society,” the former Chief Minister said here in a statement.

 “But the present SP government has unnecessarily changed names of the districts with new ones that do not have any serious meaning. It is an insult to icons and to the society, and history will never forgive it,” she said.

 Mayawati said though reports of change in the names of districts were appearing in the media, she did not believe that the SP government would work “with an ill will” and go to the extent of insulting dalit and OBC icons.

  “The decision of the SP government is very painful and condemnable. I think that (by doing so) SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and his Chief Minister son Akhilesh have got their names written in black letters in the pages of history,” Mayawati said.

 “My government never changed the name of any district, instead it created a new district and gave it an inspirational name,” she added.

Corruption cases continue to haunt Mayawati

Mayawati,Bahajun Samaj Party(BSP) supremo and former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh (UP) may have got relief in the disproportionate assets (DA) case from the Supreme Court but corruption cases will continue to chase her.

While the 2003 Taj Heritage Corridor Scam is still pending in the Allahabad high court, her name is also being taken in the anomalies in construction of dalit memorials in the state during her rule and in the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam. Significantly, the DA case had come out during investigation for Taj Heritage Corridor case. Though DA case has been quashed, the next hearing of the Taj Heritage Corridor scam is scheduled before a bench of Justices Imtiyaz Murtaza and SC Chaurasia on July 10.

 In 2002, the Supreme Court had ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate the Taj Heritage Corridor case on a petition. She was accused of swindling Rs 17 crore that was meant to develop and upgrade the area and tourist facilities near the Taj Mahal. The project was then cancelled for environmental reasons.

 In 2003, while investigating the Taj case, the CBI filed the DA case against her. She was accused of misusing her term as the chief minister for personal gain. Mayawati took plea that they money she has was ‘gift’ and ‘donations’ from party workers. The investigations in Taj corridor case also continued. The CBI filed a chargesheet against Mayawati, her close aide and former minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui, former principal secretary of environment RK Sharma and former environment secretary Rajendra Prasad under IPC sections 420, 467, 468 and 471 before a special CBI court in 2007. Bureaucrat PL Punia, who was close to Mayawati in 2003, was also named by the CBI but he turned approver and after retirement from the services joined Congress and won Lok Sabha election from Barabanki in 2009. The CBI court denied to admit the chargesheet against Mayawati because then UP governor TV Rajeswar, appointed by the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, refused permission to the CBI to prosecute Mayawati, saying that there wasn’t enough evidence. The CBI approached Supreme Court against governor’s decision but its plea was rejected. The case was closed but in 2009 a fresh public interest litigation was filed in the Allahabad high court seeking prosecution of bigwigs allegedly involved in the scam.

 The CBI is also looking for legal remedies in the DA case. The Supreme Court, in its verdict on Friday, said that the CBI exceeded its jurisdiction in filing a DA case against BSP supremo as in 2003 it was instructed to go ahead only with the Taj case. However, the CBI says that the apex court on October 25, 2004 had delinked the two cases and asked the agency to proceed with the investigations.

 Now using the 2004 order, the CBI may file a review petition. The agency is also probing the role of BSP chief in over Rs 5000 crore NRHM scam in the state during her rule.

 On the other hand, the SP government in UP is contemplating to refer the multi-crore scam in implementation of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) in the state to the CBI. SP leader and urban development minister Azam Khan has written to chief minister Akhilesh Yadav that JNNURM scam is bigger than NRHM scam and requires a thorough probe by the CBI. The complaints of anomalies in construction of dalit memorials in Lucknow and Noida during the BSP rule has already been referred to the Lokayukta by the SP government. Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh has asked UP government to refer CBI inquiry into the scam in implemenation of MNERGA. A petition has been filed by a retired judge in the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad high court seeking probe into all the alleged scams reported during Maya rule. They include Rs 300 crore dalit memorial scam, Noida land scam, Rs 1200 crore scam in sale of 21 government sugar mills, scam in appointment of 72,000 government teachers and scams in excise and mining departments among others.

SC quashes CBI probe against Mayawati

The Supreme Court on Friday quashed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe against Mayawati in a corruption case stemming from the Taj Corridor case and related to assets disproportionate to her income, which brought some good news for her.

Quashing the first information report (FIR), the apex court bench headed by Justice P. Sathasivam described the filing of another FIR against Mayawati in the disproportionate assets case as illegal and without jurisdiction.

Slamming the CBI, the court said that in the registration of another FIR, the investigating agency exceeded its jurisdiction and its action was illegal.

The court said the second FIR against the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister was unwarranted and was filed due to the lack of understanding of the orders of the Supreme Court.

Pronouncing the judgment, Justice Sathasivam said, “Supreme Court being the custodian of the fundamental rights could not have ordered a roving inquiry against the petitioner, Mayawati.