Barely a few months after Gayas Ahmad,former assistant manager of UP Provincial Cooperative Federation (UPPCF),levelled graft charges on his seniors in his suicide note,another UPPCF official tendered his resignation on Thursday on the same ground.
Rajeev Singh,a junior engineer,accused his immediate senior CK Paswan,the regional manager in Allahabad,of demanding money.
Paswan,however,denied the charge,stating that Singh had quit as he got an appointment in the Public Works Department. The allegations are baseless and I would recommend departmental action against him, said Paswan.
According to Singh,Paswan had been pressurising him for money. On three occasions,he paid him from his own salary. On Thursday,he was asked to go to Pratapgarh where repair work of a department warehouse was going on.
Paswan asked me to go there and collect money from the staff. For the first time,I openly asked the staff for money. I returned empty handed and immediately tendered my resignation, said Singh. Before sending my resignation,I spoke to the General Manager (Administration) RD Dwivedi and told him about Paswans demand.
In his letter to Dwivedi,Singh mentioned Paswans name and alleged that he had been demanding money.
Earlier,Paswan was placed under suspension by the government on charges of corruption but he continues to hold the post through a stay from the court,said Singh.
I know when the death of my friend Gayas did not stir their conscience,my resignation will surely not stop the corrupt practices. But I will try and expose them, said Singh.
Singh alleged that Paswan had been threatening him to stop his salary if he did not manage the extra money for him. He stopped my salary of June. When on Wednesday I went to get my salary,the cashier told me it was withheld on the order of the regional manager, said Singh.
Gayas Ahmad had committed suicide at his home in Allahabad on April 4,2009. His suicide note had put the BSP government in the dock after the issue was raised by the Opposition parties during the election.
The inquiry into Ahmads allegations is still on. The statement of the seniors named in the suicide note is yet to be recorded, said Vinod Pandey,Circle Officer.