Twelfth failed, but former BSP minister is a graduate

No wonder that as many as six ministers had to be sacked during the past few months on charges, including grabbing public and private properties, misusing public funds, corruption, using fictitious names, murder and rape. 

Adding to the long list is senior BSP leader and former  minister Babu Singh Kushwaha. Kushwaha is charged with  holding a public office in a fictitious name and becoming a graduate despite having been failed in the intermediate (12th standard) examination.
The Allahabad High Court has directed the authorities to conduct a thorough probe into the charges against Kushwaha.

A petition filed in the court claimed that Babu Singh Kushwaha's original name was Ram Charan Kushwaha which is mentioned on his high school and graduation marksheets.
But, he contested the elections for the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council in the name of Babu Singh Kushwha and also went on to become a minister.

It was also alleged that Kushwaha had passed the high school examination in 1981, but failed in the intermediate exams two years later.

He, however, was still able to appear and clear the Bachelor of Art (BA) examination from Bundelkhand University in 1990.

Kushwaha, who was a family welfare minister, had been sacked by Mayawati after largescale irregularities were detected in the implementation of the Centre's National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scheme a few months ago. He is already facing a probe by the state Lokayukta.

 Another UP minister Badshah Singh, who was also shown the door following  Lokayukta findings, was  found to have used another name  for buying benami (fictitious) properties and parking of “unaccounted cash.”

At least five other ministers are  now under the Lokayukta scanner.
“The Lokayukta has received complaints against several UP ministers. Many leaders are accused of land grabbing, amassing  unaccounted wealth and criminal activities,” sources said.

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