UP Lokayukta recommends minister`s removal

UP Lokayukta recommended removal of small scale industry minister Chandradeo Ram Yadav after it found him guilty of drawing salary from two places.

Last Updated: Dec 28, 2011, 20:38 PM IST

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta on Wednesday
recommended removal of small scale industry minister
Chandradeo Ram Yadav from the state cabinet after it found him
guilty of drawing salary from two places.

"Yadav has been found guilty of drawing salary from
two places," UP Lokayukta Justice NK Mehrotra said.
He said Yadav was associated with two schools, one under
the primary education department and the other under social
welfare department.

During an inquiry, Yadav was found to be drawing salary
of headmaster of a government-aided school along with that of
a minister since 2007.

The Lokayukta said while Yadav continued to draw salary
as headmaster of the government-aided school, he got
transferred salaries of 17 teachers of a school being run
under the social welfare department in his own account as the
manager.

The Lokayukta said it has been recommended that salary
drawn as the headmaster of the government-aided school should
be recovered with interest from the minister.

He said it was mandatory that the salaries of the schools
run under the social welfare department should be maintained
through a separate account.

Justice Mehrotra said he has also recommended action
against the district magistrate concerned and the social
welfare officer for failing to ensure the opening of the
separate bank account to transfer the salaries of teachers.
He said it has also been recommended an inquiry by a
competent agency into disproportionate assets of the minister
should be conducted.

So far, five ministers -- Rajesh Tripathi, Awadhpal
Singh, Badshah Singh, Rangnath Mishra and Ratan Lal Ahirwar --
had been removed from their posts after being indicted by the
Lokayukta.

Welcoming the Lokayukta recommendation to remove Yadav
from his post, BJP said it has been proved that ministers in
Mayawati government were deep into corruption.

PTI