Former UP chief minister and BSP president Mayawati got a big relief from the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court as it trashed all the six PILs in the Rs175-crore Taj heritage corridor scam. In July this year, the Supreme Court had asked the CBI to drop the DA case against Mayawati. She can now march into the campaign for the 2014 Lok Sabha election trumpeting a ‘clean’ image.
The BSP has welcomed the verdict saying the ‘politically motivated’ case had come to its logical end. UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav told reporters: “She has already been punished.. the people of UP have thrown her out of power.”
Mayawati’s counsel Satish Chandra Mishra told reporters immediately after the verdict that their stand had been vindicated. “The PILs had been filed with political intentions just before the 2009 Lok Sabha election to malign the image of Mayawati,” he said. “The media has been mentioning it as a Rs175-crore case though the governor (TV Rajeswar) in his order (of June 2007) had said that only Rs17 crore were released. Even the CBI has said in the Supreme Court that Mayawati did not get a single paisa,” he added.
Senior BSP leader Sudhindra Bhadauria also said the entire corridor case as well as the PILs were politically motivated. “We have been saying all along that the case reeks of political enmity… it has now reached its logical end.”
One of the petitioners, advocate Prince Lenin told reporters that he would approach the apex court.