Secretaries of three UP ministers arrested for seeking bribes


The Yogi Adityanath government set up the Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by Additional Director General (Lucknow zone) Rajiv Krishnan to probe the charges.

Lucknow: Three secretariat staff attached to Uttar Pradesh ministers were arrested on charges of graft on Saturday, days after a sting operation was conducted by a news channel.

The Yogi Adityanath government set up the SIT headed by Additional Director General (Lucknow zone) Rajiv Krishnan to probe the charges soon after ABP News aired the video.

The Yogi Adityanath government set up the Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by Additional Director General (Lucknow zone) Rajiv Krishnan to probe the charges.

The Chief Secretary had sought the SIT’s report by 11 am on Thursday.

In the sting operation, Om Prakash Kashyap, personal secretary of Backward Welfare Minister Om Prakash Rajbhar is purportedly seen seeking Rs 40 lakh for a transfer.

Rajbhar, who is a minister from the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP), said he has removed his personal secretary and written a letter to the chief minister for stern action against him.

In the same sting operation, an aide of Minister of State for Mining Archana Pandey, is shown allegedly striking a deal with the channel’s reporter for getting him mining contracts in about six districts.

Santosh Awasthi, personal secretary to the MoS Basic Education Sandeep Singh, is also seen in the sting operation allegedly working out a deal for a contract for books and seeking his own cut.

Singh is the grandson of former UP chief minister and current Rajasthan governor Kalyan Singh.

The sting operation also produced alleged recordings of a secretariat staff assuring the reporter, who posed as a contractor, that a school bag and uniform contract would be swung in his favour.