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Taj corridor: Supreme Court issues notice to Mayawati

Posted on Jan 28, 06:49PM | IBNS

The Supreme Court on Monday sent a notice to Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on a petition that challenged former Uttar Pradesh Governor T Rajeshwar's refusal to give permission to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in 2007 to prosecute the ex-Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister in connection to the Taj corridor case.

The apex court also issued notices to the CBI, the Uttar Pradesh government and the Centre on a petition that challenged Allahabad High Court's judgement that gave relief to Mayawati in connection to the case.

The court also issued notice and sought response from former Uttar Pradesh minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui.

"Mayawati's counsel told the apex court that it had four times earlier refused to entertain pleas on identical grounds," The Times of India reported.

"The Supreme Court said it would look into the issue afresh," the newspaper said.

The court gave Mayawati and Siddiqui four weeks to file reply to the petition.

The Allahabad High Court last year dismissed all petitions against Mayawati in the Taj corridor case.

The petitioners had accused Mayawati of embezzling Rs 17 crore in a project to develop the area around Taj Mahal and provide better tourist facilities when she was chief minister.

The Public Interest Litigations (PILs) had challenged a special CBI court order that had dropped proceedings against her.

This case against Mayawati was filed in 2003. The CBI dropped its probe in 2007 because the governor of the state did not sanction her prosecution.

The total estimated cost of the Taj Heritage Corridor project was Rs. 175 crore (USUSD 44 million).