Another UP minister under Lokayukta scanner

Another cabinet minister of Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh has come under the scanner of the state Lokayukta for alleged misuse of office.

Last Updated: Nov 03, 2011, 13:32 PM IST

Lucknow: Another cabinet minister of Mayawati
government in Uttar Pradesh has come under the scanner of the
state Lokayukta for alleged misuse of office, taking the total
number of BSP ministers currently being probed by the anti-
graft ombudsman to six.
"An inquiry has been started against Minister of State
for Ambedkar Gram Vikas, Ratan Lal Ahriwar, and a notice has
been issued to him," Lokayukta Justice NK Mehrotra said here
today.

The chief minister has been informed about the inquiry
and Ahriwar has been asked to submit his reply by November 14,
he said.

The move comes after Jhansi resident Kamlapati Rai in a
complaint accused the minister of land grabbing and misuse of
local area development fund, officials said.
The Lokayukta had sought a report from Jhansi district
administration in this regard, which was received yesterday,
they said.

A number of allegations levelled against Ahriwar by the
complainant were confirmed by the administration after which
an inquiry has been initiated against him, they said.

A total of six UP ministers are currently under the
Lokayukta`s scanner for alleged misuse of office, land
grabbing and disproportionate assets.

An inquiry was recently initiated against UP Energy
Minister Ramveer Upadhyaya for allegedly amassing
disproportionate wealth.

Four ministers Rajesh Tripathi, Awadhpal Singh, Rangnath
Mishra and Badshah Singh have already been removed on the
basis of the Lokayukta`s report.

PTI