On Wednesday FIRs were lodged against Mayawati’s ministers Naseemuddin Siddiqui, Babu Singh Kushwaha and seventeen others for their alleged involvement in the Rs.1,410.50 Crore memorial scam in Uttar Pradesh.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav after taking charge in 2012, he had ordered a Lok Ayukta probe immediately and also in December 2013 he ordered for legal proceeding in the large scale irregularities in construction of memorials and parks when Mayawati was chief minister.
During an initial probe, a total of 199 persons were indicted by Lokayukta Justice (Now Retd) N K Mehrotra for fund irregularities in the construction of 14 memorials and parks in Lucknow and Noida. The Lok Ayukta had also recommended all their properties be probed for assets disproportionate to their known sources of income.
This is the first time since Akhilesh instituted a commission of inquiry to investigate the alleged scams of Rs.40,000 crore by the BSP government, that FIRs have been lodged against prominent ministers in the Mayawati government.