Allahabad HC orders to restore Kushwaha's security

Lucknow: The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court today directed the Uttar Pradesh government to restore security of expelled BSP leader Babu Singh Kushwaha which he earlier enjoyed as a state minister.

A division bench comprising Justices Devi Prasad Singh and Devenrda Kumar Arora passed the order after allowing a writ petition of Kushwaha seeking directions for restoring his security.

The court also quashed the order of the state government through which Kushwaha's security was reduced. The expelled BSP leader had challenged the government's order on down- grading his security.

Kushwaha was sacked from the ministerial post on April 7 after the NRHM scam surfaced following the murder of two Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) in-charge of family welfare department in Lucknow. Accordingly, Kushwaha's Y plus security was downgraded to X category. The former Family Welfare Minister, once a close confidant of Mayawati, fell out of favour of the Chief Minister and was subsequently expelled from the BSP in November.