The Allahabad High Court today reserved its judgment on a petition filed by former BSP minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui challenging the order of the Lokayukta asking Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to reconsider his recommendations in connection with a disproportionate assets case against the minister and his wife.
Lokayukta Justice N K Mehrotra had sent the report,which indicted Siddiqui and his wife for allegedly acquirising assets disproportionate to their known sources of income,to the new Chief Minister immediately after he took over in March,for re-consideration. The Lokayukta had also sent the report recommending action against Siddiqui during Chief Minister Mayawatis regime. However,Mayawati had rejected the report and refused to take any action against Siddiqui,who was among the most powerful ministers in her Cabinet.
A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Amitava Lala and Justice PKS Baghel reserved the judgement after final hearing of both sides concluded. Earlier,the court had passed an observation saying the CM should not pass any order in connection with the Lokayuktas report till the judgement was passed in this petition.
The main contention of Siddiqui was that since the report was already rejected once by the Chief Minister,there was no legal validity in the Lokayukta sending the same report again to the CM.