BSP leader dupes trader, case lodged

Neta allegedly offers berth in Maya ministry for Rs 50 lakh

A Bahujan Samaj Party leader and former UP minister in the Mayawati regime allegedly duped a trader to the tune of lakhs of rupees on the pretext of making him a minister.

The trader has lodged an FIR in this connection at a police station in Lucknow.

The leader was allegedly paid Rs 10 lakh by the Ghaziabad-based trader, Khalil Chaudhary as advance for the ‘job’ and Rs 40 lakh was promised after completion of the ‘work’, sources here said.

According to sources, Chaudhary was on good terms with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader, who then was a minister of state.

During a meeting he had promised to make the trader chairman of some state-owned corporation with a minister of state status.

An amount of Rs 10 lakh was allegedly deposited into the leader’s bank account in instalments on different dates, the FIR said.

The trader grew impatient after the leader failed to get him what he was promised and in the latter half of 2011, when hardly six months of the BSP regime were left, demanded his money back.

Chaudhary alleged that the BSP leader refused to receive his phone calls and later threatened to ‘kill’ him if he persisted. A few days ago, the trader approached the police and lodged an FIR in this connection.

Police sources said an investigation was underway.

Several BSP ministers have been facing corruption allegations and the present dispensation has ordered registration of cases against them.

Many were also in jail for corruption cases.

BSP supremo and the then chief minister Mayawati at the fag end of her tenure had sacked many of her ministers also.

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