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Corruption charges framed against ex UP minister

An FIR has been registered against Ram Asrey Paswana for allegedly amassing wealth through corrupt means.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Sant Kabir Nagar
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2008 09:27 PM IST

In pursuance of an order of the vigilance department, an FIR has been registered against Ram Asrey Paswana, a minister in Kalyan Singh led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, for allegedly amassing wealth through corrupt means, a charge he has denied.

According to an FIR filed in the Mahuli police station last night, former Minor Irrigation minister Ram Asrey Paswan indulged in corrupt practices as a minister between 1997-2002.

The Lokayukta (Vigilance) had ordered an inquiry in 2004 and the report had accused him of "first hand corruption charges."

Paswan, a resident of Raeema and elected from Khalilabad constituency several times, owns houses in Naurangia and Hariharpur.

He had allegedly purchased vehicles worth Rs 36 lakhs and licensed fire arms worth Rs three lakhs, besides farm lands to the tune of several lakhs.

The assets were registered in the name of his sons -- Mahendra Paswan Surendra Paswan, Narendra Paswan and Rakesh Paswan. He is also accused of purchasing lands for his daughters-in-laws in Kharwania Kalan and Raeema Viswanathpur villages.

However, Paswan told PTI that "all allegations are false. My former secretary has defamed me."

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