Prime News, Nation, (Lucknow), June 9:-After writing a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath highlighting corruption in his office, Governor Ram Naik on Friday said the government will take action on it.
“Whenever I receive a complaint or a suggestion; I forward it to the concerned minister. I have sent a letter. (The) Government will take proper action on it,” Naik said.
The Governor’s letter pertained to bribery charges against senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer S P Goel who holds the post of Principal Secretary in Chief Minister’s Office (CMO). According to the letter, Goel demanded a bribe of Rs 25 lakh from a Lucknow resident to sanction land for a project.
The letter comes at a time when Adityanath is reportedly cracking down on corruption in the state.
The complaint, however, was forwarded to Adityanath on April 30 but the letter somehow got leaked on Thursday, after 40 days, reportedly by a group of officers, says media reports.
Adityanath on Thursday suspended the district magistrates of Fatehpur and Gonda for alleged irregularities in wheat purchase and distribution of food grains.
The food commissioner on Wednesday ordered that First Information Reports (FIR) be filed against a number of officials of the department in Fatehpur for not distributing token to farmers for purchase of wheat. In Gonda, district supply officer Rajiv Kumar and district food marketing officer Ajay Vikram Singh have also been suspended.
Meanwhile, the local businessman, named Abhishek Gupta, who complained to CM Yogi on bribe demand from SP Goyal, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath of Rs 25 lakh for setting up a petrol pump was arrested on Friday.
Gupta was arrested after an FIR was reportedly registered against him.
Gupta said: “I don’t remember the exact date when I met Goyal. At first he demanded it indirectly, later he directly asked for Rs 25 lakh. He said to me that give me money or I will cancel it. I told him that I am not financially strong and have taken Rs 1 crore loan for this petrol pump. I had also written a letter to the Governor regarding the same.”
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)