Maya ministers to be arrested

Laccfed 'kickbacks' z Two ex-ministers' homes raided; no sight of them

The Special Investigation Bureau (SIB) of UP Police's cooperative cell on Friday raided the houses of two former BSP ministers — Rangnath Mishra and Chandra Deo Ram Yadav — in Bhadohi and Azamgarh districts respectively to arrest them in connection with the multi-crore Labour and Construction Co-operative Federation (LACCFED) scam. It has been alleged that the then ministers had got kickbacks in return for allocating work to LACCFED in 2010-2011.

However, neither of them was found at their residence.

The SIB had obtained arrest warrants against the duo from the court of sessions judge on Thursday on the basis of evidence against them, said Deputy SP A P Gangwar, who is investigating the case.

Separate teams of SIB officials raided former Secondary Education Minister Rangnath Mishra's house in Aurai area of Bhadohi district and former Small Scale Industries Minister Chandra Deo Ram Yadav's place in Sidhari area of Azamgarh district between 3 and 3.30 am. The SIB teams, accompanied by local police units, searched the houses of the former ministers, but could not find them.

Gangwar said they had collected evidence against both ex-ministers, showing that they had accepted cut money for allocating fund to LACCFED for construction works. The evidence includes documents and statements of the subordinates of the former ministers and LACCFED officials who have been also named as accused in the scam.

In the matter against Rangnath Mishra, the SIB has collected files from Secondary Education Department which contain notings by him relating to selection of LACCFED as the executing agency for the construction work in the department. Besides, the SIB also has recorded statements of then secretary of Secondary Education Department, the joint directors in the concerned divisions and the district inspectors of schools. The officials reportedly told the investigating officers that Mishra never asked for their views before taking the decision to appoint LACCFED as a working agency.

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