Lucknow: A fortnight after former Animal Husbandry Minister, Awadhpal Singh Yadav resigned after being indicted by the state Lokayukta, another Minister has come under the scrutiny of the anti-graft Ombudsman.

Lokayukta N K Mehrotra has served notice to Badshah Singh, Labour Minister in the Mayawati government in connection with a land grabbing case in Mahoba in Bundelkhand region.

A probe was being conducted against Singh on the complaint of Akhilesh Kumar Upadhayay, a resident of Charkhari in Mahoba district. He has accused the Minister of misusing his position to grab the land belonging to the government.

The complainant alleged that Minister has constructed a commercial complex on a site which was already allotted for construction of a government hospital.

The other charge against Singh was of illegally constructing a degree college in the name of his father on the government land, which was mentioned as barren land in revenue records.

Lokayukta with the help of the Mahoba District Magistrate had inquired into the complaints.

The minister, Mehrotra said, had prima facie been found guilty of the charges.

Giving details of the preliminary inquiry, Lokayukta has also sent a copy of his notice to Chief Minister Mayawati. The Lokayukta has now asked Singh to reply by September 23.

Hoping to complete the investigation within one month, Mehrotra said he would send his recommendations to the government after completion of the investigation.

JPN/Bureau