Allahabad: In yet another embarrassment for the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh, the Allahabad High Court on Friday ordered a CBI inquiry into an alleged fake police encounter case in which the name of a State Cabinet Minister has cropped up.

A division bench comprising Justices Ravindra Singh and Arbind Kumar Tripathi ordered a CBI inquiry into the death of Ravindra Tyagi, a history-sheeter from Ghaziabad carrying a cash reward of Rs 50,000 on his head, who was killed in a police encounter in 2009.

The order was passed on a writ petition filed by the deceased's wife Deepa, who alleged that her husband was killed by policemen at the behest of Agriculture Education and Research Minister Rajpal Tyagi.

Deepa, who had defeated the minister's daughter-in-law in a Panchayat election last year, alleged that shortly before his death, her husband had filed a petition before the High
Court seeking police security as he was facing threat to his life from Rajpal.

The petitioner submitted the plea was, however, turned down by the High Court and Ravindra was gunned down by a Special Operations Group of local police in Ghaziabad's Mohan Nagar area on October 29, 2009.

Alleging that the police had carried out a fake encounter upon instructions from the minister who had been nursing a grouse against her husband, the petitioner had prayed for a CBI inquiry into the matter.

The court allowed her petition and directed the state government to hand over the matter to the CBI.