Uttar Pradesh minister Anand Sen Yadav on Tuesday resigned following allegations of being involved in the kidnapping of a Dalit girl and the state government ordered a CBI probe into the whole matter.
Chief Minister Mayawati asked Sen, minister of state with independent charge who has several criminal cases against him, to put in his papers in the wake of the allegations levelled against him by family members of the girl who went missing from Faizabad on October 22 last.
The government also ordered a CBI inquiry into the matter, official sources said.
The issue rocked the state assembly where leader of the opposition and former Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav alleged the girl was pregnant and demanded a high-level inquiry.
Talking to journalists, the girl's father Yogendra Prasad alleged she had been kidnapped and he suspected the involvement of the minister who was close to the family.
"I suspect the involvement of the minister, his driver and a woman in this. I have filed a complaint but no one is taking action. I am afraid she might have been killed by now", he said.
He also claimed that despite an FIR lodged, police did not take any action against the suspects.
The minister's driver Vijay Sen, who was arrested earlier, was released under pressure from the minister, he alleged.