Under Lokayukta scanner,farmhouse co-owner found to have died 2 years ago

The co-owner of the farmhouse of former sports minister Ayodhya Prasad Pal’s two sons has been found to have died more than two years ago.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: April 20, 2012 12:19 am

The co-owner of the farmhouse of former sports minister Ayodhya Prasad Pal’s two sons has been found to have died more than two years ago. This was found in the investigation of Lokayukta N K Mehrotra,who is probing allegations that Pal possessed assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Mehrotra on Tuesday had issued a warrant against Surya Prakash,who is the co-owner of a Lucknow farmhouse owned by Pal’s two sons,through Lucknow police. Mehrotra had asked the police to ensure Surya Prakash’s presence before him by April 19.

However,the police on Thursday informed the Lokayukta that Surya Prakash had already died and his family – consisting of his wife and two daughters – is living at Surya Prakash’s address.

The complaint against Pal had been filed by Dhirendra Pratap,a resident of Fatehpur. According to the complaint,Pal,before becoming MLA,possessed negligible property but now his family has amassed property worth crores of rupees. This includes prime land in Fatehpur town and a farmhouse in Mohanlalganj area of Lucknow.

The complainant alleged that Pal possessed the farmhouse in Mohanlalganj tehsil of Lucknow. He sought an inquiry into the source of income used by Pal’s family members to buy it. The farmhouse has been built after merging seven different plots. Two plots are owned by Pal’s two sons Omdutt and Vijaypal,five plots are owned by Surya Prakash.

Pal,in his reply,has said that he had nothing to do with Surya Prakash. But the Lokayukta said that his investigation team,which inspected the farmhouse,found that all seven plots of the farmhouse were covered by one fencing and the farmhouse built as one had been named Awadh Farm House.

Mehrotra has now asked Surya Prakash’s wife Kumkum Prakash and the Mohanlalganj tehsildar to appear before him on Friday to ascertain if her family has taken possession of the farmhouse after Surya Prakash’s death.

He has also asked Pal’s sons to appear before him on April 23 to explain the status of ownership of the farmhouse and the source of income for buying it.

Pal,who was sports minister in the BSP government,is MLA from Ayah Shah seat of Fatehpur.

Land allotted to ineligible persons

The Lokayukta,who is probing a complaint of misuse of power against former BSP MLA K K Sachan,has found that he had recommended the allotment of land to two ineligible persons who later sold it back to Sachan’s wife’s NGO – Gyanodaya Shikshan Evam Manav Sansthan Utthan Samiti – in Todarpur village of Akbarpur tehsil in Ramabai Nagar district. Lokayukta N K Mehrotra said while the land allotted by the gram sabha could not be sold till 10 years,in this matter the allottees sold the land within two years to Sachan’s wife Sunita.

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