Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has become the first Chief Minister to have petitioned the Lokayukta in his own state, highlighting not one but three major scams related to the previous Mayawati government.Outgoing UP Lokayukta Justice (retd.) NK Mehrotra shared this interesting bit of information with mediapersons on the occasion of the swearing-in of the new Lokayukta Justice (retd.) Sanjay Mishra at Raj Bhawan (Governor House).<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Justice Mishra has been sworn in after a prolonged controversy haunted the new Lokayukta’s appointment for nearly two years. The outgoing ombudsman Justice Mehrotra served for almost 10 years even though the term of the Lokayukta was originally six years (later extended to eight years), owing to a rather messy tug-of-war over the appointment.Akhilesh Yadav raised the red flag with regard to the allotment of farmhouses in Noida during the Mayawati regime between 2008 and 2010. As many as 153 allotments were made to over two dozen beneficiaries, allegedly at throwaway prices causing a loss of over Rs 1,000 crore to the state exchequer.The CM also took up the huge scam in the construction of memorials dedicated to legendary Dalit reformers, including Dr BR Ambedkar and BSP founder and Mayawati’s mentor Kanshi Ram. The construction at a cost of about Rs 5,000 crore allegedly involved bungling of about Rs 1,400 crore of government funds.The third matter relates to the sale of state government owned sugar mills to private parties at very meager prices. This scam is alleged to have slapped losses of over Rs 1,100 cr on the state exchequer.

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Akhilesh Yadav first CM to petition Lokayukta in UP