New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the petition of a UP-based lawyer seeking a high-level inquiry against the 2005 Mulayam Singh Yadav government for his alleged involvement into the irregular allotment of 28 residential plots made at Vipul Khand in Gomti Nagar locality in Lucknow in 2005.

A division bench comprising Justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana Prakash Desai dismissed the petition of lawyer Vishwanath Chaturvedi, who had moved the Apex Court seeking a CBI inquiry against the 2005 Mulayam Singh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh.

Chaturvedi, in his Public Interest Litigation (PIL), had alleged that the UP government has illegally allotted 28 residential plots worth Rs 2.80 crore made at Vipul Khand in Gomti Nagar locality in Lucknow in 2005, to several influential persons, bureaucrats and politicians at a nominal price in 2005.

Claiming innocence in the case, Samajwadi Party (SP) Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav had refuted the allegations of Chaturvedi in the allotment of plots in Lucknow when he was the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister in 2005 and had told the Supreme Court that the PIL in this regard was "politically motivated".

Mulayam alleged the petition was filed by a member of Congress Party and should not be treated as a PIL.

"The petitioner (Chaturvedi) is a member of Congress party and was the official candidate of Congress Party for the election to constituency number 125, Haidergarh (district Barabanki) Assembly, UP, during the general rlection in 1996 and this writ petition is politically motivated," Mulayam said in an affidavit.

The former Chief Minister had also denied issuing any direction to the Lucknow Delvelopment Authority (LDA) for making any allotment or for change of land use from institutional to residential which he claimed was done by the LDA within the process of making of Master Plan 2021 as the land was lying vacant for a long time.

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