UTTAR PRADESH Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav has been accused of pumping public funds into a private college run by his family in his home district of Etawah in the state.
Mahendra Nath Rai, whose petition against Yadav on this issue is pending in the apex court, has sought a direction to declare Chaudhary Charan Singh P G College, Hewra, Etawah as a state government institution as its building and other infrastructure had been created using state funds. The college is affiliated to Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj University, Kanpur.
Rai has challenged an order of the Allahabad High Court, which had dismissed his petition in this regard in December 2004 on the ground that the amount taken out of the contingency fund had received legislative sanction by the state assembly.
In an interim application filed through counsel D K Garg, Rai has urged the apex court to decide if the chief minister and his brother Shiv Pal Singh, a minister in his cabinet, could grant about Rs 70 crore to the said private college.
The fund so granted by the state government was used for constructing building, library, girls’ and boys’ hostels, residential houses for teachers, computer laboratory, law faculty building and purchase of land for the college, the petitioner alleged.
Terming it as a fraud on the public exchequer, Rai said since the money for the construction of the college and its infrastructure belonged to the state, it cannot be treated as a private institution controlled by the Yadav family.
Alleging that Samajwadi Party MLAs and MPs diverted huge funds from MPLAD scheme to the said college, Rai also sought direction to the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and the Vidhan Sabha Secretariats to provide details of the fund spent by them in the last five years.
Out of the said amount, only a sum of Rs 10 lakh was granted by Yadav during his chief ministership in the 1990s while the rest of the money was granted during his current tenure, Rai alleged.