Lucknow: The Allahabad High Court on Thursday ordered a CBI probe into alleged corruption by former Noida chief engineer Yadav Singh on a PIL accusing him of amassing huge property disproportionate to his known sources of income.
The Lucknow bench of the high court comprising chief justice DY Chandrachud and justice SN Shukla passed the order on public interest litigation (PIL) filed by social activist Nutan Thakur.
The petitioner had given details of Income Tax raids on Singh's establishments in Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad on November 27-28, last year and alleged recovery of illegal properties and sought a CBI probe into the matter.
Singh had allegedly amassed assets worth Rs 8,000 crore through the land and property deals in Noida.
Thakur, the wife of suspended Indian police service officer Amitabh Thakur, said "The CBI enquiry has been ordered by the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court to probe into my PIL against Noida engineer Yadav Singh.”
“The Akhilesh Yadav government tried its best to avoid the CBI enquiry and the advocate general himself had opposed the CBI transfer tooth and nail but the court agreed to my prayer..."
Thakur in her petition had said that she had filed a supplementary affidavit giving facts, including details of various alleged false companies floated by Singh for siphoning off illegal money.
Despite her affidavit, the state government had failed to take action against Singh, she said.
The court also directed the CBI to include people associated with Singh in its probe.
The state government counsel had opposed the PIL as not being maintainable and noted that the government had also constituted a judicial commission to probe the matter.
The state government had suspended Singh on December 8, 2014.