Embarrassment for Maya, another minister booked

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Lucknow, Dec 13: In a further embarrassment for Chief Minister Mayawati, the Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta on Tuesday registered a case against senior Cabinet minister and BSP's Muslim face Naseemuddin Siddiqui.

"A case has been registered against minister Siddiqui on complaints of misuse of office and a notice has been issued asking him to reply by December 28," Lokayukta Justice N K Mehrotra told PTI. He said an inquiry had been initiated and the Chief Minister informed about it.

Justice Mehrotra said two separate complaints had been lodged against the minister -- one by Ashish Sagar Dixit and the other by Jagdish Narain Shukla -- alleging misuse of office by him. Siddiqui, who holds charge of several important departments including the PWD, the Excise and the Cane, is said to be a close confidant of Mayawati.

Rajesh Tripathi, Awadhpal Singh, Rangnath Mishra, Badshah Singh and Ratan Lal Ahirwar were stripped of ministerial posts after they were indicted by the Lokayukta.

PTI

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