Lucknow: The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday fixed January 18 as the next date of hearing of PILs seeking
prosecution of UP Chief Minister Mayawati and Cabinet minister
Naseemuddin Siddiqui in the Taj Corridor case.
After hearing Mayawati`s lawyer Satish Chandra Mishra
and litigants` counsel Siddharth Luthara, the Lucknow Bench of
the Court listed the matter for further hearing next Tuesday.
Luthara contended before Justice Abdul Mateen and
Justice YK Sangal that the order of the Special CBI court
dropping proceedings against Mayawati in the Taj Corridor case
was worth rejecting.
He said prosecution proceedings should be started
against Mayawati and Siddiqui.
Mayawati`s lawyer Mishra, a senior BSP leader, said
the PILs should be dismissed.
Three PILs were filed by Anupma Singh, Kamlesh Verma
and K Ahmad challenging the order of the CBI court in June
2007 dropping proceedings against Mayawati and Siddiqui.
The PILs have sought prosecution of Mayawati and
Siddiqui for which the then UP Governor TV Rajeshwar had
The PILs said the permission of the Governor was not
required for prosecution of those holding high public offices
in case they were charged with criminal offences like fraud,
cheating and forgery.