Land grab: Lokayukta`s notice to UP minister

A minister of the ruling BSP government in Uttar Pradesh has come under the scanner of the Lokayukta, who has issued notice asking him to respond to charges of land grabbing and misuse of office.

Updated: Sep 08, 2011, 19:43 PM IST

Lucknow: A minister of the ruling BSP
government in Uttar Pradesh has come under the scanner of the
Lokayukta, who has issued notice asking him to respond to
charges of land grabbing and misuse of office.
"A complaint has been registered against Labour Minister
Badshah Singh and a notice has been issued asking him to
submit his reply by September 23," Lokayukta Justice N K
Mehrotra said today.

Chief Minister Mayawati has been apprised about the
complaint against the minister, an MLA from Maudaha assembly
segment of Mahoba district, he said.

The minister was not available for comments.

Akhilesh Kumar Singh, a resident of Charkhari tehsil in
Mahoba district, in his complaint lodged with the Lokayukta
has accused the the BSP leader of grabbing government land.

The complainant alleged that the minister had constructed
a school on a private land in the name of his father at
Kharela and on this pretext included government land in its
campus.
Congress asked Mayawati to take moral responsibility for
the misconduct of her ministers and resign.

Recently, Minister of State for Animal Husbandry Awadhpal
Singh Yadav had to resign after being indicted by Lokayukta,
who recommended his dismissal on charges of misuse of office.
Yadav was today suspended from the party on disciplinary
grounds.

PTI