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UP CM orders probe into alleged lobbying in favour of Lalu

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Taking note of reports, Uttar Pradesh today ordered a probe into allegations of officials calling up a to seek favours for convict and RJD chief

On the basis of about lobbying in favour of the convict, orders have been issued to the division to carry out a probe and submit a report at the earliest, a tweet issued on the official handle of the CM Office, GoUP @ CMOfficeUP, said.

Reports in a section of the media have alleged that (DM) and Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Jalaun had called up Special Judge to seek favours for the in the case.

During the proceedings of the case in Ranchi on January 4, the judge had also stated "Laluji, we are getting a lot of references and calls for you" without naming the people who had called him up.

Prasad was later awarded a sentence of three-and-a-half years in jail and a fine of Rs 5 lakh.

However, DM Akhtar refuting the allegations, said, "I never spoke to over phone. I have been here (Jalaun) just for four months and he had come to meet us in November in connection with his land dispute in the district. Nothing else was discussed."

"How can someone level such serious allegations without any evidence? I belong to and am working in Uttar Pradesh. I have no connection of any kind with Laluji," he said.

A 2011-batch IAS officer, Akhtar became Jalaun DM in September last year.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 15:40 IST