Another Mayawati minister in Lokayukta net

Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta has launched an inquiry against yet another minister in Mayawati government for alleged misuse of office.

Last Updated: Nov 30, 2011, 18:41 PM IST

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta has launched
an inquiry against yet another minister in Mayawati government
for alleged misuse of office, just days after the ombudsman
recommended sacking of the fifth member of her ministry.

"After preliminary inquiry, a case has been registered
against Minister of State for Sports Ayodhya Prasad Pal and he
has been asked to submit his reply within 15 days," Lokayukta
Justice NK Mehrotra.
Chief Minister Mayawati has been informed about the
inquiry against Pal.

Mayawati has already sacked four tainted ministers --
Rajesh Tripathi, Awadhpal Singh, Badshah Singh and Rangnath
Mishra -- on the recommendation of the Lokayukta, in an
apparent clean-up exercise ahead of the assembly polls due
next year.

The Lokayukta, in his report sent to the Chief Minister on
November 28, recommended removal of Minister of State for
Ambedkar Gram Vikas department Ratan Lal Ahirwar after
indicting him on charges of misusing his local area
development fund and encroaching on village land.

The complaint against Pal has been lodged by Dhirendra
Pratap Singh, who has accused him of having assets
disproportionate to his known sources of income, occupying and
illegal construction on government land, misuse of local area
development fund and getting land of trust and temple
registered in his name.

Singh alleged that after being elected as MLA, Ayodhya Pal
and his family members amassed property worth several crores
of rupees.
He alleged that in 2000, Pal got land of a trust in Rara
village in Fatehpur district registered in the name of his
wife and son in violation of rules.

PTI