UP Lokayukta for CBI probe against Kushwaha

Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta Justice NK Mehrotra said that the report has been send to Chief Minister Mayawati for action.

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta Justice NK Mehrotra on Monday recommended a CBI probe against former state Family Welfare and Mining Minister and expelled BSP leader Babu Sigh Kushwaha.
"There were three complaints against Kushwaha after inquiry into which a probe by either CBI or Director Vigilance after registering an FIR under Prevention of Corruption and Money Laundering Acts has been recommended," Lokayukya Justice
Mehrotra told a news agency.

He said that the report has been send to Chief Minister Mayawati for action.

Justice Mehrotra said that there were three complaints against Kushwaha, including allotting mining lease to his own men, inviting dummy applications through advertisements in unknown newspapers like Agnipath, Karmyug, Radical Times confined to Banda and Mahoba.

He said that the minister was also accused of issuing mining lease without taking permission of the Union Environment Ministry and allowing use of machines, which was prohibited.

The second complaint pertained to parking money in five societies and partnership firms registered in Lucknow, Kanpur and Jhansi with jurisdiction in these three districts, besides Banda.

One of the partnership firms named Darpan Mercantile was based in Mumbai, Justice Mehrotra said.

He said that Kushwaha and his wife were also accused of acquiring wealth in two different names.

"The former minister did not file any reply in two matters and in the third matter it was unsigned, he however did not deny any of the charges," he said.


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