The Allahabad high court on Wednesday issued notices to former chief minister Mayawati, her brother Anand Kumar and relative Prabhu Dayal in a case of alleged manipulation to declare 47,433 sq metre land in Badalpur village as ‘abadi’ (area under habitation).
The bench comprising chief justice DB Bhosale and justice Yashwant Varma passed the order while hearing a public interest litigation petition by Sandeep Bhati of Gautam Buddh Nagar.
The petitioner contended that Mayawati owned 47,433 sq metres agricultural land in her native village Badalpur and no construction could be raised on it.
He said the district officials, by an order passed under Section 143 of the UP Zamindari Abolition and Land Reforms Act, wrongly declared the land as ‘abadi’.
The order, passed in 2006, was challenged by the petitioner who alleged that it was not in accordance with law and aimed to benefit Mayawati and her relatives.
The petitioner said a CBI inquiry should be conducted into the case to probe the role of the former CM and the officers concerned.
The bench issued directives that the PIL should be clubbed with the petition already pending in the matter. The court will hear the case after affidavits are exchanged by the parties concerned.