Lucknow: Rejecting Mayawati government's objections to recommendation of CBI inquiry against cabinet minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui, Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta Justice N K Mehrotra on Wednesday said he would take his next step after March 6, once the new dispensation is in place.
Maintaining that inquiry against Siddiqui, a close aide of Mayawati, was under his jurisdiction and the decision was taken by him keeping in mind "public sentiments", the Lokayukta said, "I have examined the reply of the state government, but feel that immediate decision is not required...I will act according to the Act."
He said that three options were available before him - to send the report back to Chief Minister for reconsideration, to send a special report to the Governor and third to send it to the person, whosoever becomes the Chief Minister after
March 6.
"I am contemplating on all the three option and will decide accordingly after March 6," he said.
On being asked whether the step to recommend CBI or ED inquiry against Siddiqui was taken because he had no faith in state agencies, the Lokayukta said that the decision was taken keeping in mind public sentiments.
"After vigilance inquiry against Babu Singh Kushwaha there were reactions from the public that state agency would not be able to conduct a fair inquiry," he said.
"There were two reasons-- first the public criticism that state agencies would not be able to do a fair probe, secondly Siddiqui's case involved money laundering which can be done only by the ED," he said.
Justice Mehrotra said that the government reply that if his report was challenged in the court, then it would cause legal embarrassment was not right.
On Monday last, the government turned down Lokayukta's recommendation against Mayawati's most trusted minister Siddiqui saying that it was not possible as per the law.
"It is not possible to take action as per the law on the recommendations of the Lokayukta as there is no charge against Naseemuddin on approvals granted by him or any of his decisions and works as a minister", an officials spokesman had said in a statement.
The spokesman had said that allegations regarding these issues do not come under the purview of the Lokayukta.
The Lokayukta has been informed that he is not the competent authority to probe allegations of amassing assets disproportionate to ones known sources of income, he said.
The Lokayukta on February 22 had recommended an inquiry by Directorate of Enforcement, a wing of CBI, Siddiqui and his wife MLC Husna Siddiqui for having assets disproportionate to their known sources of income.