Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday refuted allegations of pressurising the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) to convert more than 10,000 square metres of plots from institutional to residential set-up for illegal allotment of plots in 2005. Mulayam was then the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.
The former CM's denial came in the form of an affidavit before the Supreme Court. In response to a public interest litigation (PIL), Mulayam claimed the change in land use was done by the LDA within the process of making the master plan 2021 as the land was lying vacant for a long time.
He accused the petitioner, Vishwanath Chaturvedi, of filing a politically-motivated petition. Chaturvedi has moved the SC seeking a high-level inquiry into the allotment of 28 residential plots worth R2.80 crore made at Vipul Khand in Gomti Nagar, Lucknow . Mulayam alleged Chaturvedi was a member of the Congress and, therefore, the petition filed by him should not be treated as a PIL.
"The petitioner (Chaturvedi) is a member of the Congress party and was the official candidate of Congress in the election to constituency number 125, Haidergarh assembly, UP, in 1996 and this writ petition is politically motivated," he said.