Vigilance lodges FIR against Awadhpal and his brothers

The Vigilance Establishment on Wednesday lodged an FIR against former minister of state for animal husbandry and dairy development Awadhpal Singh Yadav, his two brothers, including BSP MLC Chandra Pal Singh alias Chandu, then sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), tehsildar, revenue inspector and revenue clerk (lekhpal) at Aliganj police station of Etah district.

Yadav and his brothers are charged with grabbing gram sabha land in two villages for getting a school constructed on the basis of forged documents with the help of revenue officials.

Station officer of Aliganj police station Rakesh Awasthi said the former minister and his brothers Chandra Pratap Singh alias Chandu and Amar Pal Singh had grabbed gram sabha land using forged documents at their native village Tapua and a nearby village Bulaki Nagar.

The Vigilance has also accused then SDM, tehsildar, revenue inspector and the revenue clerk of making false entries in revenue records, showing Awadhpal and his brothers owners of the gram sabha land in two villages, said Awasthi.

The case has been registered on charges of criminal trespass, forgery, cheating, criminal conspiracy and the Prevention of Corruption Act.

On Tuesday, the Vigilance had lodged a case against former secondary education minister Rangnath Mishra at Aurai police station of Bhadohi district for allegedly amassing assets disproportionate to his known income.

The Vigilance had ordered an inquiry into charges of corruption and amassing assets through illegal means against six former ministers of Mayawati cabinet in May. The inquiry was ordered on recommendation of the Lokayukta.

The former ministers were Babu Singh Kushwaha, Badshah Singh, Rangnath Mishra, Chandradev Ram Yadav, Awadh Pal Singh Yadav and Ramveer Upadhyay.

Last month, the government also ordered an inquiry by the Vigilance into charges of corruption against another former minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui.

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