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UP: SC restrains illegal plot holders
September 12, 2005 19:02 IST
The Supreme Court today restrained 28 allottees including Samajwadi Party General Secretary Amar Singh and some other politicians and bureaucrats who have been alloted plots by the Mulayam Singh Yadav Government in prime locality in Gomti Nagar from transferring them.
Directing the allottees to maintain status quo on the land alloted to them, a bench comprising of Justice Y K Sabharwal, Justice C K Thakker and Justice R V Raveendran issued notice to Uttar Pradesh Government, Lucknow Development Authority and all the allottees asking them to file their reply within two weeks.
A Public Interest Litigation relating to the Lucknow Development Authority land lease scam has alleged that Amar Singh was allotted a plot under the Economically Weaker Section Scheme at the behest of the chief minister.
During the hearing, senior advocate Ashok Desai, appearing for the State Government submitted that a Committee was looking into the allotmnent of land for the last 30 years. This however, did not impress the bench, which said it was concerned with the allotment of the plot made in 2005 by the present government and at the moment averments made in the petition call for an answer.
Senior advocate Fali S Nariman, appearing for LDA appealed the court not to pass any interim order at this stage.
The petition filed by Allahabad-based advocate Vishwanath Chaturvedi, has sought cancellation of 28 plots allegedly allotted in Lucknow by LDA alleging that they have been alloted illegally, arbitrarily and in corrupt manner at the instructions of the Chief Minister and his close aid.