The governor also sought clarifications in the matter from the state chief minister and chief secretary.
Lucknow: In a move that could cause considerable discomfort to the Akhilesh government, Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik has written to the chief minister, seeking clarification over his inaction on the recommendations of Lokayukta on corruption cases against former ministers, public servants and bureaucrats.
In his letter, the governor has named nine former ministers, one MLA, three directors (nagar palika/nagar panchayat) and 40 bureaucrats. He wanted to know why any action has not been taken against them and why was the state legislature not duly informed in this regard.
Former BSP ministers on the radar of the Lokayukta include Awadhpal Singh Yadav, Ramvir Upadhyay, Badshah Singh, Ramachal Rajbhar, Rajesh Tripathi, Ayodhya Prasad Pal, Ratan Lal Ahirvar, Naseemuddin Siddiqui and Swami Prasad Maurya (now in the BJP).
The governor, on August 12, had sent recommendations of the Lokayukta to the chief minister and had sought a reply about the action taken over these representatives suspected of corruption. The governor also sought clarifications in the matter from the state chief minister and chief secretary.
In the letter, he has now mentioned that under section 12(7) of the Lokayukta Act, state government has given clarification in just two recommendations out of the 53 sent to it.