Lokpal alone cannot check graft: UP Lokayukta

State Lokayukta Justice NK Mehrotra stated that 22 ministers and 28 MLAs in UP are facing "serious corruption" charges.

Last Updated: Dec 17, 2011, 21:55 PM IST

Bareilly: Stating that 22 ministers and
28 MLAs in Uttar Pradesh, most of them from the ruling BSP are
facing "serious corruption" charges, state Lokayukta Justice N
K Mehrotra on Saturday said that the institution of Lokpal alone
cannot check graft.

"22 ministers, including senior minister Naseemuddin
Siddiqui and 28 MLAs faced serious charges and most of them
are members of the ruling BSP," Justice Mehrotra said.

Justice Mehrotra advocated bringing Prime Minister and
Chief Minister under the Lokpal, though he said that it
(Lokpal) alone cannot check corruption.

"However, Lokpal alone cannot check corruption though
it has created an atmosphere against it and this is a very
positive development," Justice Mehrotra said.

Rooting for a strong Lokayukta in Uttar Pradesh on the
lines of Karnataka, Justice Mehrotra alleged that there was
corruption in the field of education besides there was massive
misuse of funds in the name of development of rural areas and
so higher education, gram pradhans and aided schools should
also be brought under the Lokayukta.

Education department is neck deep in corruption and
admissions and results are being given on bribe and this is a
dangerous trend for the future of children, he said.

He said that serious charges have also been levelled
against the principal secretary home, Fateh Bahadur Singh and
director general of state police Brij Lal and the latter has
also given his reply on some of them.

The Lokayukta regretted that though five ministers have
been removed from ministry following inquiries but neither the
land grabbed by them has been freed, nor cases have been
registered against them.

PTI