Hasan Ali case: UP govt sacks Principal Secretary

A top level UP officer was shunted out by the state government following reports of his alleged links with Pune stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan.

Updated: Apr 16, 2011, 20:34 PM IST

Lucknow: A top level UP officer was today
shunted out by the state government following reports of his
alleged links with Pune stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan.

With the Enforcement Directorate preparing to question
Vijay Shankar Pandey, Principal Secretary (Information),
in connection with the passport procured by Khan and some
investments done abroad, the state government quickly
distanced itself from the issue.

The UP government and the Chief Minister`s office have
nothing to do with Khan and if there is any proof of the
allegations against Pandey, then he has to respond in his
individual capacity, Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh
told reporters here.

"Through media it has come to the knowledge of the
government that Directorate of Enforcement may issue notice to
Pandey for questioning him...keeping in view the seriousness
of the issue, Pandey is being removed from the post," he said.

Singh said that linking CMO with the issue was not
justified.

"It has come to our knowledge that one Amlendu Pandey
was in contact with V S Pandey and on the basis of this letter
a notice from the ED to the official is expected," he said.

"I will like to clarify that the episode has no
connection with the state government as it has nothing
to do with the personal matter," he said.

PTI