Indicted by Lokayukta, UP minister resigns
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 23:57
Lucknow: A day after Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta recommended his removal and sought lodging of corruption case against him, state Animal Husbandry minister Awadhpal Singh Yadav on Wednesday resigned on "moral grounds so that an independent inquiry is done".

"I have decided to quit on moral grounds. I have resigned so that an independent inquiry is done and real facts come before the people," he told reporters here.

"I saw news items regarding the Lokayukta's report this morning after which I met Chief Minister Mayawati, narrated my side of story and told that I am innocent after which I handed over my resignation to her," Yadav said.

Accusing SP leaders of hatching conspiracy against him, the four-time MLA and two-time minister said he would take the issue before the competent forum.

"Once I study the report completely, I would raise the issue before the competent authority including the Governor, High Court and the Supreme Court," he said.

The minister, however, refused to comment on the findings of the inquiry report and said there were certain restrictions under the Lokayukta Act.

"I will not comment on the report as according to the Act unless the facts presented in the report are kept before the right forum, public statements are not given," he said, adding, "Unfortunately, this was no followed in my case."

A complaint moved by Subodh Yadav, son of former SP MLA Rameshwar Yadav and zila panchayat chairman Joginder Singh had accused Yadav of being involved in financial irregularities during his tenure as minister.


First Published: Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 18:37

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