Lokayukta notice to BSP MLA

Lokayukta N K Mehrotra has sought a reply from BSP MLA Umashankar Singh on allegations that he became an MLA while his company had pending works worth crores allotted by the Uttar Pradesh Public Works Department (PWD). Singh, MLA from Rasra constituency of Ballia, has been asked to reply to the allegations by January 15.

The Lokayukta lodged a complaint against Singh after a preliminary inquiry confirmed the allegations levelled by complainant, Subhash Chandra. The Lokayukta had sought a reply from the PWD regarding the allotment of works to Singh's firm M/S C S Infraconstruction Ltd. Sources said Singh was the chairman and managing director of the firm, which had 25 incomplete works allotted to it at the time of Singh becoming an MLA in March 2012.

Sources said prima facie it appears to be the violation of section 9 (A) of Representation of People Act, which says a person shall be disqualified if, and for so long as, there subsists a contract entered into by him in the course of his trade or business with the appropriate government for the supply of goods to, or for the execution of any works undertaken by, that Government.

Another allegation against Singh is that his firm continued to get tenders allotted even when it was not registered with the PWD in 2012. When contacted, Singh denied the allegations and said he had resigned from all company posts soon after becoming an MLA. He added that the company remained registered in continuation and got all the contracts when it was registered.

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