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JD(U) goes to police against Union minister over gold hunt in UP

JD(U) Wednesday lodged a complaint with police and demanded registration of criminal case against Union minister Charan Das Mahant for allegedly misusing his official position to “spread superstition”.

JD(U) Wednesday lodged a complaint with police and demanded registration of criminal case against Union minister Charan Das Mahant for allegedly misusing his official position to “spread superstition”.

Police complaint accuses Mahant of abusing his official position to get the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to launch an excavation in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district on the alleged basis of a vision a seer had in his dream. The seer,Shobhan Sarkar,claims he had a dream where 1,000 tonnes of gold was hidden beneath the ruins of a fort.

“The Union Minister is encouraging superstition… He should have strongly rejected the baseless claims of a seer. Instead,he directed ASI to dig,thereby wasting public money.

“He is guilty of misusing his official post,” JD(U) said.

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The complaint,lodged by JD(U) general secretary Javed Raza and other party leaders,seeks registration of a case under appropriate sections of IPC against Mahant and Baba Om Awasthi,an aide of Sarkar’s who has been speaking on his behalf.

JD(U) president Sharad Yadav had Wednesday condemned Mahant for “propagating superstition” and announced his party would lodge a police complaint against him.