UP Lokayukta starts inquiry against two ministers

The Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta has started a preliminary inquiry against two senior ministers in the BSP government for allegedly amassing massive wealth.

Last Updated: Nov 11, 2010, 19:24 PM IST

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta has
started a preliminary inquiry against two senior ministers in
the BSP government for allegedly amassing massive wealth.

Letters have been sent to minister for higher education
Rakesh Dhar Tripathi and minister for secondary education
Rangnath Misra into allegations that they had amassed
disproportionate wealth after becoming ministers, officials
said here today.
The duo have been given four-week time, which expires on
November 19 to reply to the allegations.

While Tripathi has been accused of purchasing properties
worth over Rs 250 crores, besides agriculture land in his home
district Allahabad, Misra has been charged with acquiring
properties worth Rs 360 crores, the officials said.

The Lokayukta had also sent a letter to the Chief
Minister`s Office on September 22 asking what action had been
taken in this connection but no reply has been received so
far.
The Lokayukta took the action against Tripathi on a
complaint filed by Ram Lali, wife of Bhadohi MLA Vijay Misra
(SP). Misra, an accused in the attack on state minister Nand
Gopal Nandi, is currently absconding and the state government
has announced a cash reward of Rs 2.5 lakhs on him. The
whereabouts of Lali are also not known.

The complaint against Rangnath was filed by made by a
person named Swami Nath Misra, they said.

Lokayukta Justice N K Mehrotra admitted that there are
complaints against the two ministers and letters have been
sent to them for preliminary inquiry.

"A case would however be registered only after the
charges are established prima facie or the complainants submit
affidavits required as per the act," Mehrotra said.

PTI