New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the conviction of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary, Neera Yadav, in the Noida land allotment case and sentenced her to two years in prison. The apex court also sentenced former IAS officer Rajiv Kumar to two years imprisonment in the case.
The two had earlier been convicted by a CBI court in Ghaziabad in 2012 for the scam that took place between 1994 and 1995. The CBI court had sentenced them to three years in prison.
The verdict was given after a PIL alleged serious illegalities in the allotment and conversion of land plots. The petition said several people had been initially allotted plots at various locations, but got bigger plots in better areas after conversion and payment of charges.
It was also alleged that Neera Yadav got two plots allotted in the names of her two daughters even after knowing that as per rules, only one plot of land could be allotted to one family.
Neera Yadav who is considered to be close to SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, was the CEO of Noida Authority at the time of scam and Kumar was her deputy. Yadav was also the first female Chief Secretary of the UP government during the SP regime.