Rajiv Gandhi Chairtaible Trust told to vacate land in Amethi
The Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust has been told to immediately vacate the land at Rokha village in Jais where it was imparting vocational training to members of self-help groups.
The issue relating to the ownership of land was first raised by Union Minister Smriti Irani.
It was alleged that the land was initially registered in the name of a vocational training centre. However it was later captured by the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust.
Smriti Irani had dashed off a letter to the administration raising questions about the ownership of the land. However during the Akhilesh Yadav regime the same was not taken up. The issue was however taken up after the Yogi Adityanath led BJP government came to power in Uttar Pradesh.
Subsequently, Amethi district magistrate Yogesh Kumar asked Tiloi sub-divisional magistrate Ashok Kumar Shukla to consider the matter with "special attention".
The first notice to the trust was issued by District Development Officer (DDO) OP Pandey on March 27, which was followed by notices from chief development officer Om Prakash on April 10 and Shukla on April 28.
The notices asked the trust to produce the documents pertaining to the ownership or use of the land.
Meanwhile, one Kiran Singh, claiming to be representing the self-help groups, the members of which were being trained by the trust, approached the Allahabad High Court, which asked the district administration to throw light on the status of the land and the activities of the self-help groups.
The SDM again asked the trust to furnish the documents pertaining to the use of the land. As the trust failed to do so, the SDM last week directed the Tiloi tehsildar to initiate the process to vacate the land.