Will the BSP supremo Mayawati face a trial in the Taj corridor case? We’ll get to know shortly from the the Allahabad High Court. The court will deliver its judgment on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against the UP Governor’s refusal to prosecute Ms Mayawati and her aide Naseemuddin Siddiqui. With that, the CBI investigation in the Rs. 17 crore scam came to a halt in June 2007.
The lawyers fighting this case have argued that many past Supreme Court judgments clearly state that the CBI does not need any sanction from a competent authority to prosecute any public servant.
The Taj corridor project was launched by Ms 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. The CBI found these charges to be prima-facie true and lodged an FIR. In 2007, the CBI filed a chargesheet against Ms Mayawati and her aide Naseemuddin Siddiqui, charging them with fraud and criminal conspiracy. But soon after she assumed power, what followed was a denial to prosecute her.
With the PIL up for hearing now, clearly the BSP chief's legal troubles do not seem to be over.