No relief for Nasimuddin from HC in assets case

Last Updated: Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 21:57

Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court on Thursday rejected a writ petition of former UP minister Nasimuddin Siddiqui, in which he had challenged a Lokayukta order asking the chief minister to "reconsider" probe against him and his wife in connection with a disproportionate assets case.

A Division Bench of acting Chief Justice Amitava Lala and Justice Pradeep Kumar Singh Baghel termed the petition as "premature" and dismissed it.

Siddiqui had moved the court against the Lokayukta`s March 15 order, asking Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to reconsider investigating into the allegations against the ex-minister.

Siddiqui is a close aide of BSP supremo Mayawati and had held cabinet rank during the BSP rule.

Mayawati had refused to order an inquiry by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate against Siddiqui, as recommended by the Lokayukta, holding that the allegations against him "had to do with him as a person and not as a minister and hence he could not be prosecuted under Section 12(4) of the Lokayukta Act that covers corruption charges against a civil servant".

Siddiqui, who had filed the petition jointly with his wife Husna, had argued that once the Lokayukta`s recommendation were turned down by the then chief minister, the ombudsman had no power to send it for reconsideration upon a change of guard in the state.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 21:57

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