The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Ms. Mayawati ji, has said that the State Government was committed to providing stringent punishment to all persons involved in food-grain scam. She said that the State Government would fully comply with the orders passed by Hon’ble High Court on 3rd December 2010 in this regard. She directed to the agencies investigating the food-grain scam to complete the inquiry in scheduled time, so that stern punishment could be given to the guilty persons.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister ji said that after the formation of her government in 2007, she had taken the decision for inquiry into the biggest food-grain scam between March 2004 and October 2005. She said that she was deeply shocked with this anti-human criminal act, which deprived poor from their food. Therefore, she directed the officers to get all inquiries done by special investigation team (SIT) with a view to providing stringent punishment to those persons who sold the food-grains of Sampoorn Gramin Rozgar Yojana, Public distribution system and midday meal scheme and filled their pockets.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister ji said with the formation of her government she had given warning that her government would not spare the guilty persons involved in any scam. This food-grain scam took place during the regime of earlier SP Government and she had made the apprehension that the prominent SP Government office bearers, officers and persons belonging to Central Government were involved in this scam. She said that punishment would be compulsorily given to contractor, transporter, exporter, officer, employee and anybody found guilty in this scam. She had directed the agencies making inquiry into food-grain scam that according to the orders of Hon’ble High Court, if any person was found involved in the scam even after the year of 2007, then such persons should not be spared at any cost and stringent action should be taken against them also.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister ji said that one month after coming in power, she had directed the officers to get food-grain scam inquiry done by SIT, which took place in Gonda, Ballia and Lakhimpur districts. Besides, she had directed the officers for the inquiry about the role of Food Department in 30 districts and Essential Commodities Corporation in 24 districts. Decision had been also taken for the inquiry by SIT into the food-grain scam under Sampoorn Gramin Rozgar Yojana in Sant Kabir Nagar district on 26th April 2008.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister ji has directed that stringent punishment should be given to the persons involved in food-grain scam in accordance
with law after completion of inquiry soon. Keeping this in view, the State Government is providing full cooperation to CBI and all necessary
facilities and additional human resource have been made available to CBI in connection of inquiry. It may be recalled that after the inquiry of SIT, facts came to light that food-grains of different government schemes were sold in open markets under a well planned conspiracy through forged documents, owing to which State and Central Government ex-chequer suffered a huge loss. This large scale food-grain scam had National and
International dimensions, because food-grain were sent to other States and Countries also. Besides, prominent persons and officers on high-level
posts were involved in this criminal act. Keeping in view, the role of public servants in this criminal act, SIT made the recommendation to hold the
inquiry into the entire case by CBI, because CBI has enough resources for making investigation into such criminal acts. The State Government, in this light, decided to recommend CBI inquiry into the food-grain scam on 01 December 2007 and sent a letter requesting the Ministry of Personnel, Government of India to conduct CBI inquiry in the entire scam. On 28 March 2008, the Union Personnel Ministry, informed the State Government that the ambit of this investigation was very wide and owing to it the CBI could not investigate this case. Therefore, the State Government should conduct an inquiry into the case on its own. Again CBI, after having discussions with the State Investigating Agency, took over 09 major food-grain scams of Ballia and
Lakhimpur Kheri districts on 03 November 2008. The Hon’ble High Court, in its 19 November 2007 order, has mentioned that the food-grain irregularities committed in 2002-03 and 2003-04 were minor issues. During these years, any case of transporting food-grain from railway wagons to other parts of the State or the country was not detected. On this basis, the State Government decided to conduct CBI inquiry of serious food-grain scams that took place during March 2004 and October 2005. The Hon’ble Court, considering the wide scope of the issue, involvement of senior officers of Central and State
Governments and its inter-state and international dimensions, concluded that the recommendation of the State Government for conducting CBI
inquiry of the scams was correct and proper.
Following the orders of the Hon’ble High Court, a coordination committee headed by Joint Director CBI had been set up to monitor the progress of investigation of the food-grain scam. The heads of all the investigating agencies and the Food Commissioner were members of this committee. The S.I.T. conducted inquiry of the food-grain scams committed in Shahjahanpur, Lalitpur, Sant Ravidas Nagar, Basti, Ramabai Nagar, Hardoi and Allahabad districts, while the E.O.W. investigated scams committed in Sant Kabir Nagar, Hamirpur, Mahoba, Mathura and Jaunpur districts, the food cell conducted inquiry into the scams committed in Bahraich, Shravasti and Balrampur districts and CBI conducted inquiry into the scams committed in Ballia, Lakhimpur Kheri and Sitapur districts.
In compliance with the 03 December 2010 orders of the Hon’ble High Court, the State Government has handed over the inquiry of the food-grain scams committed in Gonda, Varanasi and Lucknow districts to the CBI The Hon’ble High Court, in its order, said that if any agency discovered that the food-grain had been transported out of country/state, then the CBI would investigate that case and the culprit would not be spared at any cost. Besides, the Hon’ble High Court has further ordered that after the filing of the charge-sheet, the trial court would complete proceedings within a year on priority basis.