Lucknow: Acting tough on corruption charges against a BSP minister, the Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta Justice N K Mehrotra on Tuesday recommended his removal from the ministry and lodging of a case against him under the Anti-Corruption Act.

The Lokayukta after inquiry and evaluating the reply of Minister of State for Animal Husbandry Awadhpal Singh has sent the report to Chief Minister Mayawati recommending his removal from the ministry, Mehrotra said here.
 
Besides, the Lokayukta has also recommended lodging of a case against the minister under provisions of Anti-Corruption and Abolition of Zamidari and Land reforms Act, he said.

Taking a strong view of a number of cases being filed against Singh ever since he became minister in 2007, the Lokayukta has also recommended that all such cases be handed over to an independent agency, like the CB-CID for a thorough probe.

In his report, the Lokayukta has cited police inaction on evidence provided against the minister in a triple murder case in Etah and blamed the SSP of not providing adequate information to him on the cases lodged against Singh.

The ombudsman also recommended the transfer of the present SSP, Circle Officer of Aliganj as well as incharges of two police stations besides disciplinary action against the SSP.

The case refers to the killing of a person named Vijay Verma, his son Abhinav and their gunner Santosh Yadav in Jaithra in Etah district on June 10.

The Lokayukta also recommended transfer of district magistrate for failing to restore the gram sabha land, despite information that it has been wrongly lodged in the names of the family members of the minister, and action against two private PROs of the minister. Mehrotra said the minister has not challenged any of the charges levelled against him.

The Lokayukta had earlier rejected the minister's request seeking more time and had sought his reply by August 10 on a complaint relating to misuse of office and land-grabbing.

The complaint moved by Subodh Yadav, son of former SP MLA Rameshwar Yadav and zila panchayat chairman Joginder Singh had alleged that during his tenure as minister Singh got 250 hospitals constructed of which 32 were constructed in Etah district itself, they said.

"Of this 32, construction work of 13 was given to Laturi Singh Construction Company owned by Singh's son Ramveer Singh Yadav without any tender," they said.

The complainants also alleged that the minister had grabbed gram sabha, dalit, school and chak road land, they said adding evidences have been found against Singh during inquiry.

It was also alleged that work of filling of milk pouches in Parag dairies and security was given to a company, owned by Awadhpal's brother in-law without any tender.

The minister has also been accused of favouring director animal husbandry R P Singh, who had been indicted in an inquiry conducted by a senior IAS officer Chanchal Tiwari, they said.

The complainant had alleged irregularities in procurement of medicines and instruments and embezzlement of fund released by the Centre.

The complainant had also submitted a CD containing evidences of the minister's role in the triple murder case in Jaithra in Etah district which was also handed over to the Chief Minister.

(Agencies)