2 Maya ministers accused in LACCFED scam surrender

Rangnath Mishra and Chandradeo Ram Yadav, both formers ministers in the Mayawati government who were on the run since October last year in a case related to a scam in Labour and Construction Co-operative Federation (LACCFED), surrendered before the district judge's court here on Thursday.

The court granted them interim bail until January 19.

Earlier, the court had issued non-bailable warrants on October 25 on the basis of evidence produced by the investigating officer.

The ministers face charges of allegedly taking kickbacks for allocating government funds to LACCFED for construction works in 2010-11. The special investigation bureau of the police cooperative cell is investigating the scam.

SIB Deputy SP AP Gangwar said they had filed an application in the district judge court last month seeking an order for attachment of the properties of former secondary education minister Rangnath Mishra and former small-scale industries minister Chandra Deo Ram Yadav as they were untraceable.

The court, while hearing the application, along with surrender applications of both the accused last Friday, had ordered them to surrender by January 11, failing which the police could attach their property and their surrender application would be rejected, Gangwar said.

He said the evidence submitted before the court against both the accused include documents and statements of the subordinates of the former ministers and the LACCFED officials, who are also accused in the scam.

The SIB had collected files from the Secondary Education Department which contained notings by Rangnath related to selection of LACCFED as the executing agency for the construction work of the department.

Besides, the SIB had recorded statements of the then secretary of the Secondary Education Department, some joint directors and district inspectors of schools. The officials, during questioning, told the SIB that the then minister never involved them while taking the decision to appoint LACCFED as a working agency.

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