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Cong MP in economic offence charge accuses UP govt of vendetta

india Updated: Nov 09, 2009 00:54 IST

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A Congress MP in Uttar Pradesh accused of irregularities in grant of loans on Sunday alleged that the BSP government was targeting its political adversaries in the state.

The remarks of P L Punia, a former confidant of Chief Minister Mayawati who later joined the Congress, comes after the Economic Offence Wing (EOW) of the state police was asked to re-investigate a case against him.

A local court had on Thursday permitted the agency to reopen the case with instructions to assign the investigations to an officer above the rank of deputy SP.

The case pertains to granting loans worth Rs 120 crores by the Pradeshiya Industrial Investment Corporation of Uttar Pradesh between 1989-1992 when Punia was its managing director.

Punia alleged that the investigating agency, which had twice probed the case, had filed a charge-sheet against those accused but had stopped midway to manipulate it to frame him.

"I am being targeted because the chief minister does not want a Dalit leadership to emerge in any of the parties specially the Congress so that she could maintain her hold on them," the Congress MP from Barabanki said.