In further embarrassment for Chief Minister Mayawati, the Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta has now recommended removal of a junior Minister, the fifth member of her Council of Ministers to be indicted by the anti-corruption ombudsman.

Ms. Mayawati has already sacked four tainted Ministers -- Rajesh Tripathi, Awadhpal Singh, Badshah Singh and Rangnath Mishra -- on the recommendation of the Lokayukta in an apparent clean-up exercise ahead of the Assembly polls due next year.

The Lokayukta, Justice N.K. Mehrotra, in his report sent to the Chief Minister on Monday recommended removal of Minister of State for Ambedkar Gram Vikas Ratan Lal Ahirwar after indicting him on charges of misusing his local area development fund and encroaching on village land.

He also sought recovery of funds allocated to a school run by his trust.

Justice Mehrotra said Mr. Ahriwar should be removed from the post as the case cannot be finalised if he continues to be the Minister.

He also recommended that action be taken against officials, including the then Divisional Commissioner of Jhansi, Sovaran Singh Yadav, who had released funds to the school.

A complaint was also lodged against the Minister by one Kamlapat Rai of Jhansi district, accusing him of encroaching Gram Samaj land for constructing a college building and misusing his office.

Meanwhile, the BJP demanded sacking of Ahriwar while the Samajwadi Party said the Governor should recommend dismissal of Mayawati government. - PTI