Lokayukta orders CBI probe against Siddiqui

By: | Updated: 22 Feb 2012 07:00 AM

In an embarrassment for the Mayawati government, Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta
on Wednesday recommended a CBI probe against one of its most powerful
ministers Naseemuddin Siddiqui and his wife Husna, an MLC.

"An inquiry by Directorate of Enforcement, a wing of CBI, has been
recommended against the minister Siddiqui and his wife MLC Husna Siddiqui
for having assets disproportionate to their known sources of income,"
Lokayukta Justice NK Mehrotra said.

He said that inquiry into assets of Siddiquis has revealed a clear cut
case of money laundering which could only be probed by a crime
investigating agency.

The complaints against 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 has formed an Educational
Society from illegal sources of income, land was purchased by using
blackmoney by under-valuation and irregularities in Bundelkhand Area
Development Fund," the Lokayukta said.

Justice Mehrotra said that inquiry revealed that QF Educational Society
formed by Husna Siddiqui only existed on papers and even its members were
unaware of its whereabouts.

"In the balancesheet of the society receipts of more than Rs 3.62 crore
were shown as capital and other donations. When an inquiry was conducted
through Income Tax department the list given accounted only to Rs 1.82
crore," he said.

He said that society purchased 57.18 bigha land in Nidaura village in
Barabanki for Rs 46 lakh which was undervalued.

"As per the estimation of the district administration the land is worth is
more than Rs 16.39 crore," Justice Mehrotra said.

Similarly, land was purchased in Tindwari village for Rs 4.5 lakh which in
reality was of more than Rs one crore.

"Husna Siddiqui purchased a bungalow with total land of more than 16,000
square metre in Cantonment area for Rs 50 lakh from Meera Chauhan. As per
the circle rate only the cost of super structure is around one crore," he

The Lokayukta said that similarly two hectare land was purchased in Banda
by Upma Singh, wife of an engineer close to Siddiqui for Rs five lakh in
Banda, which was later transferred in the name of Akrami Begum and Arshi
Siddiqui for a consideration of Rs 5.5 lakh.

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First Published: 22 Feb 2012 07:00 AM
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