UP challenging HC order over engineer triggers row

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to approach the Supreme Court against a Allahabad High Court order for a CBI probe into graft charges against former a Noida authority chief engineer has triggered a political row.

Accusing the Akhilesh Yadav government of “brazenly siding with the tainted” the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said the truth was now out on who was trying to shield tainted engineer Yadav Singh from the law.

Having launched a series of protests and exposes in the past, the BJP said that by approaching the apex court, the state government not just shamed the people, it also revealed its true colours.

“I am aghast at the development. While the accused, in this case Yadav Singh, should have ideally looked for some sort of succour from the apex court but here a state government is approaching the SC,” state BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said.

Referring to the recent diatribe of ruling Samjwadi Party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav against Governor Ram Naik wherein he had said he was ashamed of calling him ‘mahamahim’ (your excellency), Pathak said the entire ruling party should now hang its heads in shame at its latest decision (to approach apex court).

The state government has decided to approach the apex court against the July 16 Allahabad HC orders on a plea wherein the petitioner had sought a CBI probe into the charges of irregularities, assets disproportionate to income and corruption against Yadav Singh.

The Akhilesh Singh Yadav-led Uttar Pradesh government earlier opposed a CBI probe into the matter.

In a related development, social activist and petitioner of the PIL, Nutan Thakur, filed a caveat in the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

She has prayed for being heard before passing any order by the Supreme Court in any case filed against the High Court order either by the Uttar Pradesh government, the Noida authority or Yadav Singh.

Thakur also said it was truly unfortunate that the UP government was trying to save Singh, showcasing a direct involvement of top political leaders of the state government, who are afraid of a CBI enquiry.