UP minister resigns after indictment by Lokayukta

Yadav was reportedly summoned by Mayawati after the Lokayukta recommended his sacking in the wake of serious allegations of corruption, and was asked to put in his papers.

A local court had also directed the police to register an FIR against him in the triple murder case. “I have resigned on moral grounds. My resignation is with the CM. It is now up to her to take a decision,” the minister, who had stoutly defended himself and had refused to tender resignation earlier, said.

The state Lokayukta Justice (retd) N K Mehrotra had on Tuesday recommended sacking of the minister for his alleged involvement in corruption and criminal activities.

The Lokayukta had, in a report to the chief minister, asked the government to prosecute him under the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Zamindari Abolition Act and other relevant sections besides recommending action against some police officials of Etah district for their inaction on the complaint against the minister.

He had also recommended transfer of all senior police officials posted at Etah district, including the district police chief and the district magistrate.

The Lokayukta said he had asked the government to probe  the charges of land grabbing against the minister and setting up of a task force to probe the allegations that the minister’s family was involved in illegal manufacturing of liquor.

A lower court in Etah district, had  directed the police to lodge an FIR against the minister, his son and his brother and 12 others in a case of murder of three persons at Jaithara locality in the district in June last year.

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