Lokayukta recommends sacking of UP minister

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.

PTI



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

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