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PF scam: UPPCL managing director transferred

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

The Adityanath government has removed power secretary and managing director of the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited late on Sunday night.

The move comes after the Opposition attacked the BJP government over investments of over Rs 2,600 crore of the employees provident fund (EPF) of the UPPCL in scam-hit housing fiance firm DHFL.

Aparna U has been shifted to the irrigation department as secretary. M Devraj, who has returned from central deputation, will be the new power secretary and UPPCL managing director, a government spokesperson said.

The Samajwadi Party and the Congress have demanded dismissal of Power Minister Shrikant Sharma and the principal secretary of his department.

The SP also demanded a probe by a sitting high court judge into the scam.

Congress workers held a protest demonstration over the issue in Lucknow and demanded dismissal of Sharma, saying that a scam of this magnitude cannot take place without the "connivance" of the minister.

Last Saturday, the state government had recommended a CBI probe into the matter.

The state government had on Sunday claimed that the "dubious" decision was taken by the previous government headed by Akhilesh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party in April 2014 and the process of investment was further carried forward in 2016.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, November 05 2019. 00:50 IST
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