Akhilesh Yadav sacks 'kidnapper' minister

Akhilesh Yadav sacks 'kidnapper' minister

Four days after he allegedly assaulted and abducted a chief medical officer and two clerks of the health department, Uttar Pradesh minister of state for revenue and rehabilitation Vinod Singh alias Pandit Singh was on Friday sacked by an embarrassed chief minister Akhilesh Yadav following a huge hue and cry and resentment among the officials. 

The chief medical officer had refused to make appointments of doctors on the recommendations of the minister.

Although Singh said that he had resigned on “moral grounds,” sources in the Samajwadi Party (SP) said he was forced to put in his papers. “The minister wanted to be given an opportunity to present his side of the story but the party leadership insisted on his immediate resignation,” a senior SP leader said here.

Singh appeared to be disturbed as he announced his resignation, though he maintained that he was innocent and that he had fallen victim to a conspiracy hatched by his political opponents.

Sources said an FIR may be registered against the outgoing minister once the report of the two-member committee formed to probe the matter submits its report.

The minister, who also hails from Gonda district, had recommended a few doctors for appointment on contractual basis in the National Rural Health Scheme (NRHM) to the CMO Dr S P Singh.