Police recruitment scam the 'biggest scam' ever: Beni

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Allahabad, Sep 25 (UNI) Denouncing the previous Mulayam Singh Yadav regime in Uttar Pradesh, disgruntled Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and Samajwadi Kranti Dal (SKD) president Beni Prasad Verma today termed the police recruitment scam as the ''biggest scam'' ever and demanded a CBI probe into the episode.

''During the Mr Yadav-led SP government, corruption was at its peak. The police recruitment scam was the biggest scam ever...where the then UP Minister was bribed with Rs two to three lakh by every aspirant,'' Mr Verma charged, while talking to mediapersons here today.

''There ought to be a CBI porbe into the incident so that stringent action can be taken against the guilty and deserving candidates among 10,000 cops who were sacked be reinstated in the post,'' the SKD chief added.

In a major decision, the Mayawati government on September 11 had suspended 12 senior Indian Police Services (IPS) officers in the state for their involvement in the police recruitment scam during the previous Mulayam Singh Yadav regime and annulled 14 recruitment boards, in which a total of 6,504 civil police and PAC constables were recruited.

Altogether over 22,000 policemen were recruited during the previous Samajwadi Party regime between the year 2004 and 2006 and several irregularities were detected during the probe conducted by the present Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) government, when it came to power in May last.

Stating the possibilities of his comeback to SP, Mr Verma said ''SP is my bitter past...my return to the party is impossible in this birth.'' Inveighing against the previous government, the disgruntled SP leader alleged that the Centre had allocated Rs 600 crore to the state government for setting up schools for the child labourers.

Sadly, the funds were misutilised.

Firing a salvo at the ruling Mayawati-led BSP regime in UP, former union minister termed its decision to ban the students union polls as highly undemocratic and said ''The Chief Minister is behaving autocratically.'' UNI ATI PY KN1805

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