Mayawati gets clean chit in Noida farmhouse case

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NOIDA: The Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta Justice (retired) NK Mahrotra on Tuesday said that there was no scam in the allotment of farmhouses bringing a sigh of relief to nearly a dozen Noida Authority officials.

The Lokayukta’s findings contradict two other reports – one of former Noida chairman Rakesh Bahadur who had said that the farmhouse scam is of Rs 1,000 crore, and the other of local fund audit report that mentions it to be worth Rs 150 crore.

On Tuesday, the Lokayukta handed over his probe report to UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. “After thorough investigation, we found no scam in farmhouse allotments because the Noida board had fixed the rates at which plots were allotted,” Mahrotra said.

“None of the complainants produced evidence to prove that former chief minister Mayawati was connected to the scam. Noida Authority has a process of fixing rates for land allotment and the same was followed to fix the rate of farmhouse plots. There were some minor loopholes but they cannot amount to a scam,” the Lokayukta said.

The Lokayukta also slammed findings of Rakesh Bhadur and said if his version is taken into consideration then all old land allotments amount to scams.

The scam pertains to allotment of about 150 farmhouse plots of 1,000 sqm in 12 villages to companies and individuals allegedly at throwaway prices and by flouting norms.


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