New Delhi/Lucknow: Controversial UP Minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias 'Raja Bhaiya' on Monday resigned from the state Cabinet in the wake of the killing of a DSP in Pratapgarh district.

"Raja Bhaiya ka istifa ho gaya hai (Raja Bhaiya has resigned)," SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav told reporters outside Parliament. Raja Bhaiya met UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow on Monday morning and submitted his resignation, official sources said.

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His resignation has been accepted by Governor B L Joshi, they said. The UP Assembly was adjourned for 30 minutes this morning following uproar over killing of the officer.

DSP Zia-ul-Haq was killed by a mob in Pratapgarh on Saturday when he had rushed there after a village head was shot dead over a land dispute. The slain officer's wife had accused Raja Bhaiya for the attack.  

Raja Bhaiya And His Controversies
Independent MLA from Kunda in Uttar Pradesh
November 2, 2002: Arrested on complaint of kidnapping
2002: UP CM Mayawati declares him terrorist, slaps POTA
Raja Bhaiya along with his father Udai Pratap Singh and cousin Akshay Pratap Singh arrested POTA
2003: Mulayam Singh’s government drops all charges after coming to power
2004: POTA act repealed
2007: Raja Bhaiya again jailed with Mayawati coming to power
2007: Raja Bhaiya accused of killing DSP RS Pandey, the investigating officer in the POTA case against him
2012: Became Cabinet Minister in SP government

In a complaint to police, the DSP's wife Parvin Azad said  "On the directions of Raja Bhaiya, Nagar Panchayat Chairman Gulshan Yadav, minister's representative Hari Om Srivastava, his driver Rohit Singh and supporter Guddu Singh first assaulted my husband with sticks and rods and later shot him dead."

She filed the complaint in Kunda police station on Sunday where her husband was posted. Asked about BSP chief Mayawati's demand for imposition of President's Rule in UP, Yadav said, "It is unecessary. It is a classic case of the kettle calling the pot black."

Mayawati had earlier told reporters that there is "goonda raj" in UP and that the Centre should take action by clamping President's Rule in the state. "When a police officer is not secure, what to speak of the common man," she said.


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