"Wasn't he jailed by the old government," he said, in a reference to the Mayawati government's action against the independent MLA from Kunda in Pratapgarh district.
Raja Bhaiyya has eight declared criminal cases, including attempt to murder, dacoity and abduction, against him.
During poll campaign and also after helping SP craft a decisive victory in the assembly elections, Akhilesh has made clear his intentions to break away from the past tag of goonda raj during SP's previous rule in the country's most populous state.
Congress alleged there were several tainted ministers in the new government.
"Akhilesh Yadav is of progessive thinking, but it has to be seen whether he can change the criminal friendly face of the SP or the party changes him... even people are waiting to see the outcome," Congress chief spokesman Akhilesh Singh said.