Governor expresses concern as minister's staff destroys files

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Lucknow, May 11 (UNI) Uttar Pradesh Governor T V Rajeswar today expressed serious concern over an incident in which staff of a senior minister destroyed files at his office.

The Governor asked Chief Secretary Shambhu Nath to take appropriate action following which the top bureaucrat has asked his officials not to destroy any document till further orders. ''If any document is found redundant, then it should be burnt in the presence of the official concern,'' he said.

Earlier, police had sealed the office of senior Samajwadi Party leader and state Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs minister Mohd Azam Khan after his staff tore into pieces and burnt several files there.

Director General of Police Girdhari Lal Sharma said he would look into the incident even as he sent senior police officials to the scene to take stock of the situation.

The incident of destruction of files came hard on the heels of the decision of Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to tender his resignation following the defeat of his party in the assembly elections.

A personal secretary of the minister told reporters that he had been asked by the minister himself to destroy the files. A pile of documents was lying on the verandah of the office of the cabinet minister in the Assembly building here.

It was not immediately known what type of files were burnt or removed from the office.

Mr Azam Khan has retained his seat from Rampur in the state elections.

BSP president Mayawati was very serious over the incident in which government files were destroyed at the office of Mr Khan.

''I have personnally asked the director general of police to go on the spot and find out the details,'' she said.

''Our government after coming to power will certainly order a probe into the matter as it was a serious matter of destroying government files by anyone,'' Ms Mayawati said.


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