Lokayukta recommends sacking of UP minister
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 16, 2011, 18:42
Lucknow: Acting tough on corruption charges against a BSP minister, the Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta Justice N K Mehrotra on Tuesday recommended his removal from the ministry and lodging of a case against him under the Anti-Corruption Act.

The Lokayukta after inquiry and evaluating the reply of Minister of State for Animal Husbandry Awadhpal Singh has sent the report to Chief Minister Mayawati recommending his removal from the ministry, Mehrotra said here.

Besides, the Lokayukta has also recommended lodging of a case against the minister under provisions of Anti-Corruption and Abolition of Zamidari and Land reforms Act, he said.

Taking a strong view of a number of cases being filed against Singh ever since he became minister in 2007, the Lokayukta has also recommended that all such cases 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 Singh.

The ombudsman also recommended the transfer of the present SSP, Circle Officer of Aliganj as well as incharges of two police stations besides disciplinary action against the SSP.

The case refers to the killing of a person named Vijay Verma, his son Abhinav and their gunner Santosh Yadav in Jaithra in Etah district on June 10.

The Lokayukta also recommended transfer of district magistrate for failing to restore the gram sabha land, despite information that it has been wrongly lodged in the names of the family members of the minister, and action against two private PROs of the minister.


First Published: Tuesday, August 16, 2011, 18:42

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