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Sting Op: Minister, 2 MLAs caught

THE BHARATIYA Janata Party on Wednesday expelled party MLA Somaru Ram Saroj, who was caught taking bribe on camera. The axe is also likely to fall on the other two (one a minister), belonging to the SP and the BSP. Interestingly, they also accepted on camera their other criminal activities.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2006 01:44 IST

THE BHARATIYA Janata Party on Wednesday expelled party MLA Somaru Ram Saroj, who was caught taking bribe on camera. The axe is also likely to fall on the other two (one a minister), belonging to the SP and the BSP. Interestingly, they also accepted on camera their other criminal activities.

The CNN-IBN- DIG team today showed the nefarious activities of Minister of State for Backward Class Development Haji Mehboob Ali, BSP MLA Anil Kumar Maurya and BJP MLA Somaru Ram Saroj.

Mehboob Ali not only talked about his commission rates for transfer and posting in various departments but also accepted that he was involved in drug trafficking in the state. He even said that UP Jail Minister Rakesh Verma was involved in drug trafficking from Barabanki. Taking Rs 20,000 from the sting operation team for a work, the minister said commission depended on the significance of work. For appointment of district counsel he had fixed Rs five lakh and for the transfer of police sub-inspector the commission was Rs one lakh, he said adding in such cases he always took advance money.

Mehboob Ali, who was one of the accused in a recent murder case in Moradabad, told the team that he could get work done in any department. When the team wanted stoppage of land acquisition process in Noida, the minister said he would look into the case.

The story of BSP MLA Anil Kumar Maurya (Rajgarh) was no less shocking. Caught in camera taking Rs 5000, the MLA said he had also been effecting hawala transaction for a long time. The team offered him Rs 5000 as “protection money” for the development work worth Rs 2.5 crore in his assembly constituency. He said the assembly ticket rate varied from Rs five to 50 lakh in the BSP. “The rate depended on the winnability of the seat”, the MLA commented. Bragging about his clout, the MLA who had been running a hotel in Lucknow, said “Mulayam kuch nahin bigar sakete” (Mulayam Singh could not do any thing against me).

BJP MLA from Kirakat (Jaunpur) also accepted Rs 5000 from the team as protection money for the developmental work.

While refusing to comment on the issue, leader of the BSP group Swami Prasad Maurya said, “Bahenji (Mayawati) will react to the issue tomorrow.” UPCC spokesman Akhilesh Pratap Singh said it was reflection on the Mulayam Singh Yadav government,which had been patronising the criminals in the state. Singh said as compared to prevailing politicians-criminals nexus in the Samajwadi Party, the sting operation was quite small. He said the state government had been only protecting the criminals in the state.

BJP spokesman Surjit Singh Dang expressed concern over the MLAs taking bribe but added that big fish had been let off. He said the party would take action against the MLA.

The SP leaders were not available for comment.