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State nod to chargesheet two Maya ministers

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The Uttar Pradesh government has given permission to the Vigilance Establishment for filing chargesheets against two ministers in the Mayawati government — Rakesh Dhar Tripathi and Chandradeo Ram Yadav — who faced charges under the Prevention of Corruption Act,sources said.

Yadav is lodged in jail since February 2 on charges of taking kickbacks from officials of the state run Labour and Construction Co-operative Federation (LACCFED) for allotment of contracts.

The Vigilance had prepared the chargesheets against two former ministers in August had sent it to the government,seeking approval for filing it before the court.

The CBI had lodged FIRs against Yadav,a former small-scale industries minister,and Tripathi,a former higher education minister,in May and June,respectively.

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While the Vigilance had conducted an open enquiry against Tripathi on a complaint received in October last year,Yadav faced the enquiry following a government order.

Sources said that the investigation has found that Tripathi,during his tenure as a minister,had allegedly awarded accreditation to several colleges,which did not fulfill the criteria and the documents submitted by the concerned authorities were forged.

He had allegedly passed orders for giving accreditation in return of a bribe of several lakh rupees. Besides,the agency also found financial irregularities in purchase of books,stationary and other material for libraries in government colleges and institutions.

Involvement of officials,then posted in the Department of Higher Education,and proprietors of private firms who had supplied books and other material had also come to light.

An official said the books were purchased on rates higher than the market rates while the quality of stationary and other material did not match the norms mentioned in the tender.

Earlier,Tripathi had also faced enquiries by the special investigation bureau (SIB) of police cooperative cell in LACCFED scam and by the Lokayukta on charges of corruption. But,he was given clean chit in SIB enquiry while Lokayukta had closed the probe last year.

Gorakhpur unit of the Vigilance Establishment had investigated the case against Chandradeo Ram Yadav and prepared the chargesheet.

Yadav faced charges of collecting money through illegal means and spending more than his annual income in a year during his stint as a minister —- his annual income was Rs 14 lakh while he spent Rs 56.88 lakh.

Other former ministers who are facing Vigilance probe include Naseemuddin Siddiqui,Ramveer Upadhyay,Rangnath Mishra,Awadh Pal Singh Yadav,Badshah Singh and Babu Singh Kushwaha. State BSP president Ram Achal Rajbhar too is facing probe by the agency.