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BJP, social activist slam Akhilesh govt into Yadav Singh case

Hours after Akhilesh Yadav led UP government declared to constitute a retired judge headed committee to probe into Noida's suspended engineer in Chief Yadav Singh case, BJP slammed ruling party and alleged that it is a move to further shelter Singh, ahead of UP assembly. Social activist Dr Nutan Thakur, who has filed a PIL in Yadav Singh case, also does not find the Judicial committee formed sufficient. 

The Uttar Pradesh government, however, said the committee will do a fair probe to do justice with this case. 

The state government on Saturday declared that justice (retired) Amarnath Verma committee will submit its report in next 6 months. 

Income Tax department on November 27, 2014 had conducted raids. After income tax investigation, the Noida authority had suspended Singh and removed from all duties. The Noida authority had also ordered a departmental inquiry, which is yet to be completed. 

UP BJP is constantly grilling the government over the issue and social activist Nutun Thakur has filed petition in Allahabad High Court demanding a Central Bureau of investigation (CBI) probe into the matter. 

Akhilesh Yadav led government is accused of sheltering Noida's suspended engineer. 

The BJP questions the timing of ordering probe. "Why Akhilesh government took three months to order probe, however it should have been done hours after irregularities were unearthed and raids were conducted. Fearing of opposition attack in the coming assembly meeting, the government has ordered probe," said BJP's UP chief Laxmikant Bajpai. 

"The government still has soft corner for Yadav Singh. We have been demanding CBI probe into the matter or High Court SIT probe by serving judge into the matter but the government declared to constitute a retired judge headed committee," Bajpai added that BJP is going to storm UP assembly against government into the matter. 

Slamming both SP and BSP for failing to act against the former chief engineer of Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities, the state BJP said it will make Yadav Singh's case a issue before the assembly elections in UP. 

Bajpai said tainted officials enjoyed lucrative posts in the SP and BSP governments and that the party will put all tainted politicians and bureaucrats behind bars if it comes to power. 

"Yadav Singh is a classic example, which has unearthed the 'tacit understanding' that exists between BSP and SP. We will take this issue up before the polls. Now the trend in UP is that any official who gets involved in a scam is rewarded - the bigger the scam, more plum the post,".

Bajpai added: "Tainted officers enjoy a free hand in the state. People are fed up with the deteriorating law and order and large scale corruption in UP. They want a change. If in power, we will put all corrupt officials and politicians behind bars." 

Social activist Dr Nutan Thakur, who has filed a PIL in Yadav Singh case, also does not find the Judicial committee formed today sufficient. 

She has said that along with judicial enquiry CBI enquiry is also needed because the criminal investigation much needed in this case cannot be undertaken by Judicial enquiry and can be taken only by an agency like CBI. 

Dr Thakur said she shall be pleading the matter of CBI enquiry vehemently before High Court on hearing on 16 February. 

Senior state BJP leaders said that not only bureaucrats, but even industrialists close to BSP when it was in power are "enjoying" in the SP regime. 

In fact, BJP MP Kirit Somaiya was the first politician to point out in 2011 the alleged money laundering by Anand Kumar and Yadav Singh. He had highlighted how money was diverted to buy plots in Noida through several dubious companies."We have been long demanding a probe into all such companies linked to the alleged Noida scam by a special investigation team. We have also been demanding action against 'friends and relatives' of tainted politicians and bureaucrats. But the Akhilesh government has not taken any action in this regard," Kirit Somaiya has said.

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