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Mulayam orders land probe

Lucknow, Sept. 4: Mulayam Singh Yadav today ordered an inquiry into largescale allotments of prime land in the Noida and Greater Noida areas during the Mayavati regime. Senior IAS officer T. George Joseph will conduct the probe.

The Uttar Pradesh chief minister took the decision after a three-hour meeting of senior state officials this evening. It is his first action against his predecessor since returning to power.

“There has been a bungling to the tune of Rs 2,500 crore in land allotments and Mayavati has been the biggest beneficiary. She must now face the music,” state Samajwadi Party chief Ram Sharan Das said.

Earlier, former standing counsel Ajay Agarwal had alleged that Mayavati and some senior officials in her government had been buying property worth crores in and around Delhi.

Agarwal made the allegations just as a CBI team prepared to interrogate Mayavati once again for her role in the controversial Rs 175-crore Taj corridor project.

Chief secretary shifted

Mulayam Singh today removed chief secretary D.S. Bagga and shunted out a senior IAS officer who was interrogated by the CBI in the Taj corridor case, PTI reports from Lucknow.

A.P. Singh, an IAS officer of the 1967 batch, has been made the new chief secretary while Bagga has been named the vigilance commission chief, sources said. Panna Lal Punia, the principal secretary to Mayavati who was questioned by the CBI in the Taj project, has been appointed director-general of the state administrative training institute after his shift yesterday.

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