press trust of india
Lucknow, 8 July
The Uttar Pradesh government today ordered a vigilance probe against former BSP minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui and his wife in connection with a disproportionate assets case after Lokayukta recommendations, according to Home Department sources.
On 22 Feb 2012, Lokayukta Justice (retired) N K Mehrotra had recommended an inquiry by Directorate of Enforcement, a wing of the CBI, following which the state government has ordered a vigilance probe, he said.
The complaints against the Siddiquis were lodged by Jagdish Narain Shukla, who had accused the minister and his wife of owning ‘benami’ properties.
“There was a complaint that Husna Siddiqui (MLC) has formed an educational society from illegal sources of income, land was purchased by using black money by under-valuation and irregularities in the Bundelkhand Area Development Fund,” the Lokayukta report had said.
An FIR had already been lodged against Naseemuddin by the Vigilance Department in Banda on 6 July.
The open inquiry by the vigilance had found that in comparison with Siddiqui’s income of Rs 69.96 lakh between 1997 and 2012, his expenditures were Rs 14.32 crore, sources said.