Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta NK Mehrotra has indicted Badshah Singh,who was sacked as labour minister last week for grabbing government land in his native town Kharela in Mahoba district. The Lokayukta has also recommended that he should never be considered for any constitutional post.
In a report sent to Chief Minister Mayawati on Monday,the Lokayukta said Badshah Singh had grabbed 1.991 hectares of government land for constructing a stadium at a college built in memory of his father,another 0.6680 hectares for his private school and a third piece of land where he built a house.
The Lokayukta recommended that the land should be taken back and a fine imposed on Badshah Singh under the UP Zamindari Abolition and Land Reforms Act. He also asked for an action-taken report from the government in one month.
The Lokayukta,who probed the allegations on a complaint by Akhilesh Upadhyay,a Samajwadi Party worker from Mahoba,found that Badshah Singhs original name was Ramendra Singh and he had used it to get possession of unauthorised properties. However,he had been using both names.
The report said he had contested the Nagar Panchayat election from Kharela in the name Badshah Singh. When he contested the Assembly election in 1989,his name in the voters list was Ramendra Singh. However,he filed his nomination for the Assembly election in 1991 as Badshah Singh.
The Lokayukta said the election officer should verify how the name Ramendra Singh,mentioned in his Class X mark sheet,was changed to Badshah Singh in the voter list. The Lokayukta recommended to the CM that the observations pertaining to the change of name in the voter list should be sent to the Chief Electoral Officer of UP.
Mayawati had removed Badshah Singh in view of the charges against him. There were also reports that his men were threatening Upadhyay for lodging a complaint with the Lokayukta.
Referring to the fact that the investigation took two months,the Lokayukta suggested that in the interest of speedy investigation,public servants facing charges should be removed during investigation.
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