The state government on Tuesday ordered the Vigilance Establishment to register cases under prevention of corruption Act (PC Act) against former ministers Naseemuddin Siddiqui and Babu Singh Kushwaha for allegedly amassing assets disproportionate to their known source of income.
Besides,the Vigilance was also given permission to file a chargesheet and prosecute another former minister in previous government,Rangnath Mishra,on the basis of the investigation which found that he owns movable and immovable assets disproportionate to his known source of income.
State Home Department spokesperson confirmed that the government had ordered an open inquiry against Siddiqui on the basis of a report sent by the Lokayukta.
The Lokayukta had recommended an investigation against the former minister on corruption charges.
The Vigilance inquired into Siddiquis known sources of income between March 27,1997 and March 21,2012 and found he had earned over Rs 69.96 lakh,but spent over Rs 14.32 crore against his actual earnings in these years. Therefore,the spokesperson added,the Vigilance had recommended lodging a case under the PC Act against Siddiqui.
Similarly,the Vigilance was handed over an open inquiry on corruption charges against Kushwaha following recommendation of the Lokayukta. The Vigilance had submitted the report to the government on April 18 and recommended lodging of an FIR under the PC Act for an investigation and also departmental action against some government officials who allegedly were hand-in-glove with Kushwaha and were also involved in corrupt practices.
Kushwaha is lodged in jail in the NRHM scam since March last year.
Meanwhile,the spokesperson also said that the Vigilance had registered a case under the PC Act against former secondary education minister Rangnath Mishra following government order and recommendation of Lokayukta. The investigation had found that Mishras actual income between May 13,2007 and October 5,2011 was over Rs 1.57 crore while he spent over Rs 7.61 crore.
On the basis of the findings,the spokesperson confirmed,the government ordered prosecution of Mishra under PC Act.
The Vigilance had been probing corruption charges against seven former ministers of previous government.