Wednesday, February 22, 2012

[ZESTCaste] CBI inquiry recommended against Mayawati minister for corruption

CBI inquiry recommended against Mayawati minister for corruption

Reported by Anant Zanane; Written by Shamik Ghosh, Updated: February
22, 2012 19:01 IST

Lucknow: In the midst of the elections in Uttar Pradesh, a close
confidante of Mayawati's has been accused of corruption.

Naseemuddin Siddiqui is a cabinet minister in Mayawati's government.
The state's Lokayukta or ombudsman, Justice N K Mehrotra, has
recommended a CBI inquiry to determine whether the minister has
collected assets that cannot be accounted for.

Mr Siddiqui allegedly set up an educational society in Barabanki in
central UP, for which he was granted land at a massive discount. On
paper, the land's worth is recorded as 32 lakhs; it was originally
valued at 16 crores. Mr Siddiqui allegedly appointed dummy members to
the educational society and raised three crores in funds. Many of
these transactions have been found by the Lokayukta to be

Also in the income tax returns filed by Siddiqui, his income is shown
at a little over two crores in the last four years. But the family has
acquired several acres of land almost worth 50 crore rupees in
Barabanki and the Fatehpur districts.

Since the Lokayukta in Uttar Pradesh does not have powers to prosecute
ministers, Justice N K Mehrotra has written to Ms Mayawati urging her
to initiate a probe by the CBI and the enforcement directorate.

In recent months, a series of Mayawati's ministers have been sacked by
her over alleged corruption. Based on the Lokayukta's indictment she
has axed more than a dozen ministers.
Uttar Pradesh is voting in seven phases - four have been completed.
Today's developments couldn't have come at a worse time for Mayawati,
who wants to return for a fifth term as Chief Minister.

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