BJP demands criminal case against UP minister

BJP demanded that a criminal case should be filed against Ratan Lal Ahirwar, who has been indicted by the Lokayukta on charges of misusing fund.

Last Updated: Dec 01, 2011, 23:41 PM IST

Lucknow: BJP on Thursday demanded that a criminal
case should be filed against Uttar Pradesh Minister Ratan Lal
Ahirwar, who has been indicted by the Lokayukta on charges of
misusing fund and encroaching village land.

"Ahirwar`s resignation is not sufficient. A criminal case
should be lodged against the Minister as he is facing serious
charges and a fair investigation should be carried out," BJP
spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said.

Chief Minister Mayawati was merely doing a formality by
removing ministers facing serious charges, he alleged.

Ahirwar is facing serious charges, including misuse of
government fund and illegal possession on gram sabha land, the
BJP spokesman said.

He also sought reasons from the BSP government for not
ordering any inquiry against ministers Rajesh Tripathi,
Awadhpal Singh, Badshah Singh and Rangnath Mishra.

The four were removed on the recommendation of the Lokpal
for various corruption charges.

"If the BSP government has any morality, it should have
lodged an FIR against leaders by taking cognisance of
allegations against them," he said.

PTI