The Vigilance Establishment has submitted its report on the preliminary inquiry against former secondary education minister Rangnath Mishra and is believed to have sought permission to register a case for an investigation.
Vigilance had been conducting an inquiry into charges of corruption and amassing assets through illegal means against Mishra. After collecting evidence corroborating the charges,permission to lodge the FIR against Mishra has been sought,confirmed sources in Vigilance.
The agency had probed the alleged acts of corruption by Mishra during his tenure as minister,his investments and alleged land grab in his native district Sant Ravidas Nagar (Bhadohi).
Vigilance has been probing seven former ministers of the Mayawati government who have been indicted by Lokayukta N K Mehrotra on charges of corruption and amassing assets through illegal means.
The ministers are former family welfare minister Babu Singh Kushwaha,former labour minister Badshah Singh,former secondary education minister Rangnath Mishra,former small-scale industries minister Chandradev Ram Yadav,former animal husbandry minister Awadh Pal Singh Yadav and former energy minister Ramveer Upadhyay.
The Akhilesh Yadav government ordered inquiry against another former minister,Naseemuddin Siddiqui,last month on the same charges.
The Lokayukta had received complaints against these ministers and had found charges were prima facie correct. In his reports to the Chief Minister,he had recommended formal investigation by the Enforcement Directorate or Vigilance.
Vigilance had already submitted reports against Awadh Pal Singh Yadav and Badshah Singh last month and sought permission to lodge FIRs against them.
Badshah Singh faces the charge of carrying out construction of a stadium for his private college on government land and using government machinery.
Awadh Pal has been accused of grabbing government land in Etah district and giving contracts to set up veterinary hospitals and various others works to his son,friends and relatives.
Badshah Singh was arrested on October 3 by the special investigation bureau of police cooperative cell for allegedly taking cut money of Rs 5 crore from officials of the Labour and Construction Cooperative Federation (LACCFED). He is currently in jail.