Mulayam refutes charges in land allotment as UP CM



New Delhi: Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has refuted the allegation of illegality against him in allotment of plots in Lucknow as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister in 2005 and told the Supreme Court that the PIL in this regard is "politically motivated".

He alleged the petition was filed by a member of Congress Party and should not be treated as a public interest litigation (PIL).

Mulayam was responding to a petition filed by UP-based advocate Vishwanath Chaturvedi seeking a high-level inquiry into the allotment of 28 residential plots worth Rs 2.80 crore made at Vipul Khand in Gomti Nagar locality in Lucknow in 2005.

"The petitioner (Chaturvedi) is a member of Congress party and was the official candidate of Congress Party for the election to constituency number 125, Haidergarh (district Barabanki) Assembly, UP, during the general rlection in 1996 and this writ petition is politically motivated," Mulayam said in an affidavit.

His counsel and senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi today mentioned the matter before a bench headed by Justice Aftab Alam seeking adjournment for two weeks of the hearing listed for November 17 on personal ground.

However, the bench said any decision on it will be taken when the it comes up for hearing.

The former Chief Minister, in the affidavit, denied issuing any direction to the Lucknow Delvelopment Authority (LDA) for making any allotment or for change of land use from institutional to residential which he claimed was done by the LDA within the process of making of Master Plan 2021 as the land was lying vacant for a long time.

PTI