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UP Speaker reserves verdict on Lokayukt report

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Lucknow, Nov 22 (UNI) Uttar Pradesh assembly speaker Mata Prasad Pandey today reserved his verdict on a plea by members to table the Lokayukt report in the House, pending for the last couple of years.

Mr Pandey reserved his verdict saying as Lokayukt is being constituted through an Act, legal aspect should be ascertained before deciding on the demand.

Raising the issue through a point of propriety in the house, Congress Legislature Party leader Pramod Tiwari said it was the duty of the government to table the probe report of Lokayukt.

''Probe against at least three dozen politicians and two dozen bureaucrats have been completed and the files are pending with the government for approval,'' he said.

Mr Tiwari said the act of the government clearly proved it wanted to protect corrupt politicians and bureaucrats.

CPI(M) member Ramkripal from Allahabad mentioned the name of BJP MLA Narendra Kumar Singh Gaur saying he had been indicted by the Lokayukt for misusing legislature development fund for his personal purpose.

In a written notice to the Speaker, the MLA said the Lokayukt also ordered realisation of over Rs 5 lakh along with interest from Mr Gaur, an MLA from Allahabad (North) for using legislature development fund for constructing road and sewer for his personal use during 2000.

The Lokayukt had also charged the BJP MLA for selling and purchasing government land by misusing his post.

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