Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday refused to consider UP Lokayukta Justice NK Malhotra recommendation for a CBI probe against Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui by saying the Lokayukta report hasn’t questioned Siddiqui’s actions and decisions as a Minister hence ‘in context to the report, it would be injustice to order a CBI probe’.

The Lokayukta on February 22 had recommended a CBI investigation against the minister and his wife Husna Siddiqui, an MLC, for having assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

The government spokesperson said, “In a letter to the Lokayukta, it has been stated that under the Article 7 of the UP Lokayukta Act 1975, probe against a public servant can only be considered if the report questions his/her actions or decisions.”

The complainant Jagdish Narain Shukla had alleged that Husna Siddiqui formed an Educational Society from illegal sources of income and land was purchased by using blackmoney by under-valuation and irregularities in Bundelkhand Area Development Funds. In the balance sheet of the society receipts of more than Rs 3.62 crore were shown as capital and other donations but when an inquiry was conducted by the I-T department the receipts accounted for only Rs 1.82 crore.

The report further stated that Siddiqui purchased 57.18 bigha lands in Nidaura village in Barabanki for Rs 46 lakh which was undervalued. As per the estimation of the district administration the land’s worth is more than Rs 16.39 crore. Similarly, land was purchased in Tindwari village for Rs 4.5 lakh which in reality is more than Rs one crore.

Husna Siddiqui purchased a bungalow with total land of more than 16,000 square metre in Cantonment area for Rs 50 lakh from Meera Chauhan. As per the circle rate only the cost of super structure is around one crore. The Lokayukta said that similarly two hectare land was purchased in Banda by Upma Singh, wife of an engineer close to Siddiqui for Rs five lakh in Banda, which was later transferred in the name of Akrami Begum and Arshi Siddiqui for a consideration of Rs 5.5 lakh. As per the estimation of sub-registrar the cost of the land is around RS 3.6 crore.

The report also confirmed that Siddiqui's son Afzal Siddiqui has set up a processed meat factory in the name of AQ Frozen Fruits Private Limited. The factory is spread over an area of 4.289 hectares. While sale deeds of 2.827 hectares are available, rest of the land is under illegal possession.

Mehrotra’s report said that as per the income tax return submitted by the Siddiquis show an income of Rs 1.92 crore in four years. While Husna Siddiqui has shown an income of Rs 1.20 crore, Naseemuddin Siddiqui has declared an income of Rs 73.14 lakh in four years.

According to the Lokayukta report, inquiry into assets of Siddiquis has revealed a clear cut case of money laundering which could only be probed by a crime investigating agency.