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Dalit memorial scam: Akhilesh says UP govt will follow the law

The scam had taken place during the Mayawati regime and had cost the exchequer almost Rs 1,400 crore.

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Updated:May 21, 2013, 3:40 PM IST
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Dalit memorial scam: Akhilesh says UP govt will follow the law
The scam had taken place during the Mayawati regime and had cost the exchequer almost Rs 1,400 crore.

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has said that the state government will do everything possible under the law in the Dalit Memorial scam case in which close aides of BSP chief Mayawati have been indicted.

While Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta NK Mehrotra had said that there is no evidence against Mayawati in the Dalit Memorial scam, he had recommended that the money should be recovered from former ministers Nasimuddin Siddiqui and Babu Singh Kushwaha.

The scam had taken place during the Mayawati regime and had cost the exchequer almost Rs 1,400 crore and the Lokayukta has submitted the report to the Akhilesh Yadav government. Siddiqui and Kushwaha have been told to cough up an estimated 30 per cent of the total costs.

The Lokayutka has named 199 people including 37 accountants and over 50 government engineers in its report. Submitting his 1,346 page report including annexures to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Mehrotra said irregularities to the tune of Rs 1,400 crore were detected which was 34 per cent of the total budget for construction of memorials and parks.

Mehrotra said that a total Rs 4,267.83 crore was allocated to four departments of which Rs 4,188.54 crore was spent and "corruption" of Rs 1,410.50 crore has been detected.

He said he had recommended filing of FIRs under the Prevention of Corruption Act and under section 409 of the IPC (criminal breach of trust by public servant) against 19 persons.

The 19 were Siddiqui and Kushwaha, former Joint Director of Mining SA Farooqui, former Managing Director of Rajkiya Nirmaan Nigam CP Singh and 15 engineers. CP Singh is currently technical advisor to the Uttrakhand Chief Minister.

For the remaining persons indicted in the report, the Lokayukta recommended that their properties be probed and if these were found disproportionate to their known sources of income, FIRs should be lodged against them.

The breakup of the 199 persons indicted are two ex-BSP ministers, two former MLAs, a sitting MLA, five mining officers, 57 engineers of Nirman Nigam, five engineers of Lucknow Development Authority(LDA), two advocates, eight people of the public, leaders of 20 consortiums, 60 representatives of supply firms and 37 accountants of Rajkiya Nagar Nigam(RNN).

Soon after assuming office, Yadav had asked the Lokayukta to probe alleged irregularities and corruption in supply of pink sandstone from Mirzapur for the construction of memorials and parks during the BSP regime.

(With additional information from PTI)

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