Akhilesh orders legal action against two ex-BSP ministers

‘The charges against me are false. Government has based its findings on Lokayukta report which is itself under legal scrutiny. We will challenge this Government order in court,’ Siddiqui told reports here on Thursday.

It is believed that an irregularity to the tune of over Rs 1400 crore was  made in construction of memorials during Mayawati’s regime. Akhilesh had called for an in-depth probe and after being convinced that money was made in that deal he asked officials to start legal proceedings.

Earlier Lokayukta justice (Retd) NK Mehrotra had  indicted 199 persons, including two former BSP ministers, a sitting MLA, several officers and engineers for irregularities in construction of memorials and parks during the previous regime.

‘The timing of the FIR just before the Winter Session of the state legislature was an effort by the government to put a pressure on the BSP to withdraw its case against the illegal re-appointment of the Lokayukta,’ Siddiqui told reporters here.

‘I am totally innocent and government has framed me in the scam,’ he claimed while adding that timing of the case itself vindicate the charges of the government.

The BSP leaders have gone to the court alleging that the term of the Lokayukta was extended without the approval from the leader of the opposition which is mandatory. The BSP members also created pandemonium in the legislative council over the issue.

Meanwhile, UP lokayukta NK Mehrotra, in his report submitted to chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, has said that public money worth Rs 1,400 crore was siphoned off by ministers and bureaucrats during her regime.

The total cost of construction of the 14 dalit memorials in Lucknow and Noida was Rs 5919 crore. Surprisingly, the report gives a clean chit to Mayawati. It, however, recommends that losses due to scam should be compensated by the accused former ministers.

Besides Siddiqui, former minister Babu Singh Kushwaha has also been named as main accused in the scam. Others include 54 engineers, 37 accountants and 60 owners of the firms engaged for construction of the memorials. The lokayukta has also recommended lodging of FIR against 19 people including Siddiqui and Kushwaha.
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