Lokayukta N K Mehrotra on Thursday recommended the prosecution of state BSP president Ram Achal Rajbhar for allegedly amassing assets disproportionate to known sources of income by misusing his post during his tenure as transport minister in the previous Mayawati government.
In a 34-page inquiry report submitted to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav,Mehrotra recommended that an FIR be lodged against Rajbhar under Prevention of Corruption Act,and the case be investigated by the CBI or the UP governments Vigilance Establishment or the Anti-Corruption Organisation.
Mehrotra said Rajbhar,his brothers Ram Sakal and Ram Karan,his sons Ajay Kumar and Sanjay Kumar,and his daughters-in-law Chandravati Devi and Kanchan bought 51 pieces of land in Ambedkar Nagar district between 2006-07 and 2010-11.
The Lokayukta said while the total sale consideration of these properties was found to be Rs 1.42 crore,their actual cost as per circle rate is Rs 10.33 crore.
Mehrotra said Rajbhar,in his reply,submitted the balance-sheets of nine income tax accounts that are in the name of his family members. Mehrotra said he got the balance-sheets examined by a chartered accountant who,in turn,found that while the total income in nine accounts was Rs 2.67 crore in the period,they invested a total of Rs 8.46 crore.
Mehrotra said there was no satisfactory reply given by the former minister about the source of Rs 5.79 crore. However,he stressed that he earned the money from brick kilns and his engineering college.
When asked to explain the source of income,Rajbhar also said that his trust Ram Awadh Foundation received donations of Rs 24.35 lakh from 496 persons. Mehrotra said he also claimed that Chandrawati had lent money to 197 persons before his becoming a minister and that a total of Rs 32.48 lakh was received from the borrowers.
Similarly,Kanchan and Ram Karan lent money to 95 and 53 persons before 2006-07 and received Rs 14.53 lakh and 7.62 lakh respectively.
Mehrotra said a team from his office was sent to verify the authenticity of some of these donors and borrowers and found that several of the donors were below poverty line card holders and many persons who were claimed to have borrowed money,had no details about the transaction.
The Lokayutkas report covers two complaints,which were lodged against Rajbhar by Anand Dwivedi and Ram Araj Verma in 2011.
Mehrotra said he also found that Rajbhar,while being transport minister,interfered in the functioning of the Uttar Pradesh State Roadways Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) without authority. He said Rajbhar wrote a letter to then Principal Secretary,Transport,for cancellation of a tender for manufacturing of government buses chasis. In the fresh tender,Jaipur-based company Kamal Coach Works Private Limited was awarded the work for making 243 chasis,despite not having given the lowest bid.
Similarly,the minister gave the work of buses servicing to Lucknow-based Goldrush Sales and Services Limited in violation of the competitive bidding process,said the Lokayukta.