Disapproving a recommendation to close the investigations into the disproportionate assets (DA) case against former Energy Minister Ramveer Upadhyay and his family members,the state government has ordered state Vigilance department to re-investigate the case.
Upadhyay,BSP MLA from Sikandra Rao constituency of Hathras,was a minister in the Mayawati government. The vigilance had last month sent a report seeking permission for closure of the investigation into the DA case against Upadhyay and his relatives citing no evidence. However,the government has returned the report with objections on 24 points related to the findings and ordered re-investigation,sources said.
A senior official said Vigilance had probed Upadhyay,his wife Seema (a BSP Lok Sabha MP),his father Ramcharan,brothers Rameshwar and Mukul,and sisters-in-law Ritu,Kalpana,and Anita.
The government had ordered lodging of an FIR on January 30 after a preliminary inquiry by the Vigilance sought permission to register a case.
In May last year,the Lokayukta had recommended investigation by any of the four agencies CBI,Enforcement Directorate,UP Vigilance Establishment or Anti-Corruption Organisation.
The Lokayukta,in his report,had said that there was sufficient evidence that Upadhyay and his family had assets disproportionate to their known sources of income and recommended to probe the matter under Prevention of Corruption Act and Prevention of Money Laundering Act.