Plea against Kushwaha rejected

The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court today dismissed a writ petition seeking action against expelled BSP minister Babu Singh Kushwaha for changing his name.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published:February 16, 2012 5:02 am

The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court today dismissed a writ petition seeking action against expelled BSP minister Babu Singh Kushwaha for changing his name.

The petition filed by one Sabhajeet Singh was dismissed by a Division Bench comprising Imtiyaz Murtaza and Devendra Kumar Upadhyay,which observed it does not raise any question of larger public cause.

Singh sought action against the former minister alleging that his earlier name was Ram Charan,which was later changed to Babu Singh. Singh sought court’s direction to punish Kushwaha and initiate criminal proceedings,recovery of emoluments drawn by him as the minister and an inquiry by CBI or any other independent agency.

The court stated it is also not a case where some person has withdrawn the emoluments and other facilities from the state exchequer impersonating himself to be someone else. “Thus,the court finds that the prayer for recovery of emoluments and other facilities drawn by the private respondent,in the facts mentioned in the writ petition,is misconceived,” the order said adding that the petitioner himself has stated that in fact opposite party nos.7 ( Ram Charan Kushwaha) and 8 (Babu Singh Kushwaha) are the same person.

“For these reasons,prayer made by the petitioner for getting some inquiry conducted into the allegations made in the writ petition is also not tenable”,the order said.

On the direction of the court,the Principal Secretary of the Legislative Council had conducted an inquiry into the matter and filed its report.

The order added that the report submitted by the Principal Secretary,Legislative Council says that private Respondent had contested the election of Legislative Council using name of Babu Singh Kushwaha and he used the said name in all the papers furnished at the time of his nomination.

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