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Journalist Death: ‘No sacking of ministers without probe’

“Some issues have come up. I want to tell you that no minister will be sacked without probe,” Cabinet minister Shivpal Yadav told reporters here.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow |
Updated: June 16, 2015 1:32:37 am
Congress members led by Rita Bahuguna Joshi hold a peace march demanding arrest of minister Ram Murti Verma in Shahjahanpur journalist Jagendra Singh’s  death, in Lucknow on Monday. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav) Congress members led by Rita Bahuguna Joshi hold a peace march demanding arrest of minister Ram Murti Verma in Shahjahanpur journalist Jagendra Singh’s death, in Lucknow on Monday. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

The Uttar Pradesh government Monday came out in defense of its two ministers — one of them booked for orchestrating the alleged killing of a journalist in Shahjahanapur and the another accused of threatening an RTO — and ruled out sacking any of them without probe.

“Some issues have come up. I want to tell you that no minister will be sacked without probe,” Cabinet minister Shivpal Yadav told reporters here.

He was responding to queries on Minister of State for Backward Class Welfare Ram Murti Singh Verma’s involvement in alleged killing of freelance journalist Jagendra Singh.

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Shivpal said earlier also charges were levelled against a minister. “In Badaun rape case, lots of things were said. In Raja Bhaiyya’s case, he was proven not guilty by CBI…we will not remove any minister,” he said.

He claimed that inquiry is going on in the incident involving Verma as well as that involving another state minister, Kailash Chaurasia, for allegedly threatening an RTO in Mirzapur. “Investigation is in progress. The inquiry will be impartial,” Shivpal said, while assuring that the government in state was sensitive towards journalists.

The senior Samajwadi Party leader, however, refused to admit any involvement of minister Verma in the alleged murder of the Shajahanpur-based journalist. “Everybody knows it. I don’t want to say anything as the issue is related to a journalist,” he said.

Singh was allegedly set on fire by policemen on June 1 during a raid at his Awaas Vikas Colony house in Sadar Bazar, Shahjahanpur. Singh’s family had registered an FIR, under IPC Sections 302, 120 B, 504, and 506, against Verma and five others after he died at a hospital here on June 8.

Shivpal blamed BJP for giving air to demands of ministers’ removal. “They are worried about the development works being done in the state,” he said.

Shivpal, who holds the portfolio of Public Works Department, Irrigation, Flood Control, Land Development & Water Resources among others, also termed the law and order situation in the state as India’s best. “UP has best law and order situation compared to other states. In states like Delhi, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, it is difficult to move out during day. Here one can go any where even during the night,” he said.

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