Another former Minister, Ranganath Mishra, will be prosecuted under Prevention of Corruption Act

Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday gave its nod for a vigilance inquiry against former Ministers Naseemuddin Siddiqui and Babu Singh Kushwaha on charges of acquiring assets disproportionate to their known sources of income. It also gave sanction for the prosecution of another former Minister, Ranganath Mishra under the Prevention of Corruption Act (PoCA), 1988, on similar charges.

The three former Ministers wielded considerable clout in the Mayawati-headed BSP regime.

A Home Department spokesman said that following a Lokayukta probe against Mr. Siddiqui, who was PWD and Irrigation Minister, the State government directed the Vigilance Establishment to conduct an investigation into the charges levelled against him. The investigations revealed that between March 27, 1997, and March 21, 2012, Mr. Siddiqui’s total income was shown as Rs.69,96,908, whereas the expenditure during the same period was Rs.14,32,00,609. His expenditure exceeded the income by Rs.13.62 crore and the Vigilance Establishment recommended that Mr. Siddiqui be booked under Sections 13(1) and 13(2) of Prevention of Corruption Act.

In Mr. Kushwaha’s case, the government directed Vigilance authorities to conduct an investigation after the Lokayukta had submitted his report to the Chief Minister. The final report of the Vigilance Establishment was submitted on April 18, 2013, in which it recommended that Mr. Kushwaha be tried under the Indian Penal Code and the PoCA.

Mr. Kushwaha, the Family Welfare and Mining Minister in the Mayawati regime, had been sacked on corruption charges. He almost joined the Bharatiya Janata Party prior to the 2012 Vidhan Sabha elections.He later floated the Jan Adhikar Manch.

Mr. Mishra held the Secondary Education portfolio in the previous regime. The Vigilance authorities’ investigation revealed that between May 5, 2007, and October 5, 2011, his total income was Rs.1,57,06,231 and his expenditure was Rs.7,61,16,480 — an excess expenditure of Rs. 6.04 crore.

  • Naseemuddin Siddiqui, Babu Singh Kushwaha face charges of holding assets disproportionate to income

  • Kushwaha has floated the Jan Adhikar Manch since being sacked from BSP in 2011