BSP suspends ex-UP minister for corruption charges

BSP suspended former UP Animal Husbandry Minister Awadhpal Singh Yadav who had resigned after being indicted by the Lokayukta.

Lucknow: BSP on Thursday suspended former Uttar Pradesh Animal Husbandry Minister Awadhpal Singh Yadav who had resigned after being indicted by the Lokayukta on disciplinary grounds.

"Awadhpal Singh Yadav has been suspended from the party on disciplinary grounds," BSP state president Swami Prasad Maurya said in a statement here.

The move came a day after Yadav reportedly filed a writ petition in the Allahabad High Court stating that he was forced to resign following recommendations of Lokayukta Justice NK Mehrotra.

"Yadav is trying to malign the image of the party by making false statements. His statement is (a case of) gross indiscipline taking serious note of which he is being
suspended from the party with immediate effect," Maurya said.

UP Lokayukta NK Mehrotra had recommended Yadav`s removal from the ministry and lodging of a case against him under the Anti Corruption Act.

The Lokayukta had also recommended that all cases lodged against the minister after 2007 be handed over to an independent agency like the CB-CID for a thorough probe.

In his report, the Lokayukta has cited police inaction on evidence provided against the minister in a triple murder case in Etah and blamed the SSP of not providing adequate information to him on the cases lodged against Yadav.

The complaint moved by Subodh Yadav, son of former SP MLA Rameshwar Yadav, and zila panchayat chairman Joginder Singh had alleged that during his tenure as minister, Yadav got 250 hospitals constructed of which 32 were constructed in
Etah district itself.

"Of this 32 hospitals, construction work of 13 was given to Laturi Singh Construction Company owned by Yadav`s son Ramveer without any tender," they had said.


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