‘Maurya beneficiary in Rs 1 cr fraud’

Co-operative Minister Shivpal Yadav today alleged that BSP national general secretary Swami Prasad Maurya,who was co-operative minister in the Mayawati government,was a beneficiary of Rs 1 crore embezzlement from Pradeshik Co-operative Federation in 2009.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published:August 9, 2012 6:24 am

Co-operative Minister Shivpal Yadav today alleged that BSP national general secretary Swami Prasad Maurya,who was co-operative minister in the Mayawati government,was a beneficiary of Rs 1 crore embezzlement from Pradeshik Co-operative Federation in 2009.

Yadav alleged that part of the money was used for buying two SUVs for Maurya when he contested the Padrauna Assembly bypoll the same year. The vehicles were confiscated by police,he said.

Maurya denied the allegations and challenged Yadav to prove his claims,or retire from politics. “The allegations are false. I am ready for any probe. If the charges are proved I am ready to go to jail. If I am found innocent,then Shivpal should be ready to go to jail,” said Maurya.

Yadav said that two demand drafts,each for Rs 50 lakh,were issued by PCF,Lucknow,for making payments to farmers for wheat procurement in April 2009. The money was to be deposited in the district purchase account of PCF in Gorakhpur. But fake accounts were opened and the money withdrawn. One draft was encashed at Poorvanchal Gramin Bank,Pipiganj branch in Gorakhpur,while the other was encashed at Padrauna branch,the minister said.

A preliminary enquiry conducted by the then Divisional Commissioner of Gorakhpur P K Mohanty said that money had been siphoned off in connivance with officials of both banks.

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