Lucknow: Chief Minister of UP – Akhilesh Yadav, on Monday, sacked two ministers from his cabinet, allegedly on the charges of corruption. The dismissed ministers are Minister for Panchayat Raj -Raj Kishore Singh and Minister for Mining – Gayatri Prajapati.
A senior official said that Letters in this regard have been sent to Raj Bhawan. Gayatri Prajapati said to be close to Mulayam Singh Yadav and his younger son Prateek Yadav. The dismissal of Gayatri Prajapati comes days after the Allahabad High Court rejected the plea of the state government to withdraw an order for CBI inquiry into the illegal mining in Uttar Pradesh.
Mr Gayatri Prajapati belongs to Amethi. Prajapati was said to be mired in controversy over illegal mining in the state which is reported to be to the tune of Rs 4,000 crores per month.
On 28th July, The Allahabad High Court had ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation to investigate the matter across the state, including the role of the officials of the State government in helping and facilitating the same, and submit a report on it within six weeks.
According to a source that CM Akhilesh Yadav was upset with Mr Prajapati but could not act against him due to his proximity with the SP president. Illegal mining in the state has been rampant ever since the Akhilesh government came to power.
IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal was also suspended when she tried to stop illegal mining in Greater Noida and the issue led to national outrage.