Vigilance Department seeks nod to file charge sheets

With the Vigilance Department seeking the Uttar Pradesh government’s permission to file charge sheets against eight former Ministers on charges of corruption, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday said that some more of them could land in jail.

Responding to journalists’ queries on the issue, Mr. Yadav said some former Ministers were already in custody.

The Vigilance Department recently sought permission to file charge sheets against Ranganath Mishra, Badshah Singh and Awadhpal Singh Yadav. These held senior positions in the BSP government, but were sacked by Ms. Mayawati following their indictment by the Lokayukta.

Five other former BSP Ministers, Naseemuddin Siddiqui, Babu Singh Kushwaha, Ramveer Upadhyaya, Chandradeo Ram Yadav and Rakesh Dhar Tripathi are also under the scanner.

Vigilance sources said the probe against Mr. Tripathi was concluded recently and the detailed report has been sent to the Chief Minister.

The department has sought the government’s nod to register a case against Mr. Tripathi, who was the Higher Education Minister in the previous regime.

Inquiry report sent

The Vigilance probe against Mr. Siddiqui, Mr. Kushwaha, Mr. Upadhyaya and Mr. Yadav was completed earlier and the inquiry report sent to the government. Permission has been sought to file FIRs to continue further investigations.

A case has already been filed against the State president of the BSP and former Transport Minister, Ram Achal Rajbhar, for possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

  • Three sacked by Mayawati after indictment by Lokayukta

  • Some former Ministers already in custody