Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta has registered two new cases of corruption against expelled BSP leader Babu Singh Khushwaha over alleged irregularities in allotment of mining contracts in the state, officials said on Thursday.
Shiv Pujan Singh and Arun Dwivedi, hailing from Khushwaha's home district Banda, lodged complaints against the former minister on Wednesday accusing him of misusing mining rights, investing "illegal" money in firms and changing his name to contest elections, they said.
The Lokayukta, Justice (retired) N K Malhotra, has directed Khushwaha to file his reply by December 26.
Kushwaha, a former key aide of chief minister Mayawati, was expelled from the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party in November after corruption charges were levelled against him. He is currently facing a Lokyayukta inquiry in two other cases.
In a separate case, the Lokayukta directed the principal secretary of Kunwar, Fateh Bahadur, to file a reply by December 28 on corruption charges made by an RTI activist.
The activist, Nutan Thakur, had claimed that the Economic Offences Wing (EOW), which was investigating alleged financial irregularities by two companies in the state, had given them the clean chit on the direction of Fateh Bahadur and the then ADG, EOW RN Singh.
Thakur's husband Amitabh is an IPS officer and was earlier posted in EOW and SP.