Lucknow : The Uttar Pradesh government headed by Mayawati Monday recommended a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into alleged irregularities in land allotments made during the previous regime headed by her bete noir Mulayam Singh Yadav.
"The inquiry will go into the irregularities in the allotment of 99 plots at prime locations in Noida," Principal Home Secretary K. Chandra Mauli told reporters here.
Most of the allotments were made at the behest of Mulayam's confidant Amar Singh, according to informed sources.
The beneficiaries allegedly include influential politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen as well as some powerful members of judiciary.
After a public interest litigation (PIL) was filed in the Allahabad High Court to expose the bungling in these allotments, the Mulayam government pleaded before it that there was no need for a CBI probe since a judicial commission was already in place.
That the judicial commission was set up only to circumvent the legal process became amply evident when the new state government discovered that it had not even taken off.
Lack of action by the commission came in handy for the Mayawati government to entrust the inquiry to the country's premier investigation agency.