Lucknow: The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court has declined to quash an FIR involving ex-BSP minister Babu Singh Kushwaha and others in connection with the Rs 1,410 crore monument scam during Mayawati’s regime.
The bench, however, directed the investigating agency to expeditiously conclude the probe in the case preferably within four weeks.
A bench of Justice Ramesh Sinha and Justice Saroj Yadav passed the order on the writ petition filed by Kushwaha.
The petitioner had sought quashing of the FIR, contending that it had been about seven years but the probe was not yet concluded. Kushwaha pleaded there was no material against him for implicating him in the case and that the FIR was lodged in 2014 after the Lokayukta report during Akhilesh Yadav-led SP regime.
In its order, the bench said, “Considering the allegations made in the FIR and material brought on record, it cannot be said that no prima facie case is made out against the petitioner,…