Maya memorials: Lokayukta indicts 199 for graft

Siddiqui,Kushwaha face FIRs.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published:May 21, 2013 12:20 am

Stating that a total of Rs 1,410 crore was siphoned off by politicians and government officials in the purchase and supply of pink sandstone for the construction of various memorials and parks in Lucknow and Noida during the previous BSP government,Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta N K Mehrotra on Monday recommended that FIRs be lodged against former public works department minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui and former mining minister Babu Singh Kushwaha and other government officials for the alleged corruption.

In his report submitted to CM Akhilesh Yadav,Mehrotra recommended that 19 persons,including Siddiqui,Kushwaha,and C P Singh,the then managing director of Rajkiya Nirman Nigam (RNN),the state government agency which handled the construction of the memorials and parks,be booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act,IPC sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) and 120 B (conspiracy),and a probe be conducted by either the CBI or a Special Task Force.

The Lokayukta said the assets amassed by another 180 persons including the RNN engineers,Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) engineers,officials of Mining Department, quarry lease-holders who supplied the sandstone,two former MLAs Sharda Prasad and Anil Maurya,and Ramesh Chandra Dubey who is currently a Samajwadi Party MLA,should also be inquired into for getting benefits in the supply of sandstone. Mehrotra recommended that these persons should also be booked if found guilty in the inquiry.

Mehrotra recommended that the investigating agency should complete its investigation within six months and the cases related to irregularities be tried at a special court.

He recommended that Rs 1,410 crore siphoned off by the politicians and government officials should also be recovered from them as per legal process. He specified that 30 per cent of the siphoned money be recovered from Siddiqui,30 per cent from Kushwaha,15 per cent from Singh,15 per cent from RNN engineers,5 per cent from mining department officials and 5 per cent from the accountants of RNN.

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