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Plea to implead Mayawati in demolition case

LUCKNOW: An application seeking to implead Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati in a pending contempt petition for demolishing government bungalows at Mall Avenue here was moved in the Allahabad High Court on Thursday.

A single Bench of the High Court headed by Justice Vikram Nath, before whom the application came up for hearing here, directed that it be included in the next cause list. The application is likely to come up for hearing in a week’s time.

The application, moved by U.P. Janhit Sangathan, a social welfare organisation, contends that the demolition of the bungalows at Mall Avenue amounted to contempt of court as the State Government in a similar matter earlier had given a written undertaking that there would be no demolition in the area and the land would be allotted to any Trust. The Chief Minister’s residence is also located there.

The Govt. then had said that all the Trusts situated in the area would be vacated, submitted the applicant, a retired IAS officer. While nothing was done to get the bungalows vacated from the Trusts, several bungalows had been demolished on the direction of the Chief Minister, it contended.

The pending contempt petition pertained to violation of the government undertaking given in 1997 on a writ petition challenging the allotment of bungalows to former Chief Ministers at Mall Avenue. A contempt petition was filed in 2002 alleging that the Govt. had violated its undertakings.

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