Wednesday, January 18, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Mayawati sacks minister number 26

Mayawati sacks minister number 26
TNN | Jan 19, 2012, 05.57AM IST

LUCKNOW: Mayawati on Wednesday sacked yet another minister who the
Lokayukta had indicted for corruption. Chandradev Ram Yadav held the
department of small-scale industry.

He becomes the 26th minister to get the boot in the CM's term. Yadav
was removed after a Lokayukta probe found him drawing two salaries for
over five years -as minister and as principal of a government-aided
school in Azamgarh. Yadav doesn't get a BSP ticket and senior minister
Indrajeet Saroj has been given charge of his portfolio. Mayawati has
fired 18 ministers in six months and of the total 26 she has got rid
of, 12 have been for corruption.

Last December 28, Lokayukta Justice (rtd) NK Mehrotra recommended that
the CM remove Yadav and order a probe to prosecute him. He is also
accused of having wealth disproportionate to his income, cornering gun
licences and grabbing land at his village in Azamgarh.

Lokayukta began probing Yadav after three Azamgarh residents
complained to the government November last. He tried to duck the probe
claiming Lokayukta had no powers to probe him. The Lokayukta rejected
Yadav's arguments and directed hom to file his defence.


Of 12 ministers Maya has sacked for corruption, six have been after
Lokayukta indictment Kushwaha & Anant Mishra sacked after NRHM scam
broke last April Three ministers after names came up in criminal cases
11 axed for non-performance.

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