Lucknow: Rejecting Mayawati government`s
objections to recommendation of CBI inquiry against cabinet
minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui, Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta Justice
N K Mehrotra today said he would take his next step after
March 6, once the new dispensation is in place.
Maintaining that inquiry against Siddiqui, a close aide of
Mayawati, was under his jurisdiction and the decision was
taken by him keeping in mind "public sentiments", the
Lokayukta said, "I have examined the reply of the state
government, but feel that immediate decision is not
required...I will act according to the Act."
He said that three options were available before him -
to send the report back to Chief Minister for reconsideration,
to send a special report to the Governor and third to send it
to the person, whosoever becomes the Chief Minister after
"I am contemplating on all the three option and will
decide accordingly after March 6," he said.
On being asked whether the step to recommend CBI or ED
inquiry against Siddiqui was taken because he had no faith in
state agencies, the Lokayukta said that the decision was taken
keeping in mind public sentiments.
"After vigilance inquiry against Babu Singh Kushwaha
there were reactions from the public that state agency would
not be able to conduct an fair inquiry," he said.
"There were two reasons-- first the public criticism
that state agencies would not be able to do a fair probe,
secondly Siddiqui`s case involved money laundering which can
be done only by the ED," he said.
Justice Mehrotra said that the government reply that
if his report was challenged in the court, then it would cause
legal embarassment was not right.
On Monday last, the government turned down Lokayukta`s
recommendation against Mayawati`s most trusted minister
Siddiqui saying that it was not possible as per the law.
"It is not possible to take action as per the law on
the recommendations of the Lokayukt as there is no charge
against Naseemuddin on approvals granted by him or any of his
decisions and works as a minister", an officials spokesman
had said in a statement.
The spokesman had said that allegations regarding
these issues do not come under the purview of the Lokayukt .
The Lokayukta has been informed that he is not the
competent authority to probe allegations of amassing assets
disproportionate to ones known sources of income, he said.
The Lokayukta on February 22 had recommended an
inquiry by Directorate of Enforcement, a wing of CBI, Siddiqui
and his wife MLC Husna Siddiqui for having assets
disproportionate to their known sources of income.