Governor Ram Naik Tuesday gave his permission for initiating legal proceedings against Rakesh Dhar Tripathi, a former minister in the BSP government in a case lodged by Vigilance Establishment on charges of amassing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. The state had sought Governor’s approval to prosecute Tripathi who had served as minister between May 13, 2007 and October 5, 2011.
“Governor Ram Naik on the recommendation of the state government has approved prosecution of former higher education minister Rakesh Dhar Tripathi,” the official spokesperson of Governor House said.
In the case registered under Prevention of Corruption Act, Tripathi had allegedly awarded accreditation to colleges that did not fulfill the criteria after taking bribe. The charges also include financial irregularities in purchases made at government colleges and institutions.