A new controversy regarding Shanti Bhushan has cropped up on Wednesday, with reports that the Uttar Pradesh government under chief minister Mayawati allotted two prime farmhouse plots (10,000 sq metres each) in Noida for him and his son Jayant at throwaway prices.
Bhushan, who has been named the co-chairman of the drafting committee of the Lokpal Panel, was allotted the land earlier this year. It is being said that the plot was allotted to the Bhushans under discretionary quota. Though the Bhushans declared about acquisition of the land while they declared assets last week, it is being alleged that there is conflict of interest involved in the matter, as Jayant Bhushan has appeared against Mayawati in the Noida statue park case.
However, Shanti Bhushan has rubbished these allegations saying there is no conflict of interest in the matter as Jayant had appeared against Mayawati in the matter. He however agreed that he did not know about the method employed to allot them the land. He also felt that if there were more number of applicants a draw or appropriate method should have been applied.
"There is no conflict of interest. There is no question of asking any favour from the Mayawati government. This is all an attempt to malign us," said Jayant Bhushan to a TV channel.
Bhushans are already embroiled in the CD controversy.