Hold inquiry against Khushwaha: High Court

Lucknow: The Allahabad High court on Friday directed Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council to initiate an inquiry against former cabinet minister and BSP leader Babu Singh Khushwaha for allegedly holding a public office using a fictitious name.

The high court's order came on a PIL filed at the Lucknow bench of the high court in which it was alleged that Khuswaha's real name is Ram Charan Khushwaha as per his High School certificate and graduation degree. But later on he changed his name from Ram Charan Khushwaha to Babu Singh Khushwaha.

The PIL claimed that even in filing nomination for legislative council he used his name as Babu Singh Khushwaha and thus held a public office in fictitious name and hence deceived the public at large.

While hearing the PIL, a division bench of Justices Abdul Mateen and Virendra Kumar Dixit directed the Principal Secretary of UP Legislative Council to hold an inquiry into the matter and submit its report by the next date of hearing.

The court also issued notices to Chief election commissioner, UP and Electoral registration officer of the state asking them to file their replies within six weeks.

Khushwaha, considered close to Chief Minister Mayawati had resigned in April as Family Welfare Minister after discrepancies were found in implementation of NRHM.