Corrupt U.P bureaucrat, salary about a lakh per month and hired lawyers who charge more than 20 lakh per appearance

UP CM Yogi Adityanath has brought in many reforms to end the Babu culture. Bureaucrats during the previous SP & BSP Governments in UP encouraged the Babu culture. Officers could come to office at any time, they could go out for golf lunches & there was no one to keep a check on them. Corruption is a problem which can never be wiped out in a single day.

Some of India’s top lawyers – Harish Salve, Soli Sorabjee & others have in common?  They have all appeared for a mid-level bureaucrat in UP. Arun Mishra, is accused of amassing disproportionate assets worth crores of rupees & running many fake bank accounts. Some of the country’s top most lawyers have appeared for Mishra in the Supreme Court & Allahabad High Court over the past 3 years to defend Arun Mishra, Chief Engineer with the UP State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC). What is even more surprising that these eminent lawyers have appeared for Mishra not once but multiple times?

If only Mishra’s salary is taken into consideration, he draws a salary of Rs 1 Lakh per month. The top most lawyers charge 10-25 lakh per day. A Hindustan times report claims that Mishra was unavailable for comment. Arun Mishra was arrested in 2011 by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for allegedly operating 65 fake accounts with Punjab National Bank (PNB), where he was said to have kept his black money.

In the year 2011 the ED (Enforcement Directorate) seized Mishra’s properties on Prithviraj Road in Delhi’s Lutyen zone and Dehradun. The Prithviraj Road property, apparently bought in the name of a company called Ajanta Merchants, where his wife and father are listed as directors, is alone worth an estimated Rs 300 crore.

Among his other alleged properties the ED is investigating, are 60 acres of land in UPSIDC Industrial Park on Kursi Road in Barabanki and the Asia School of Engineering and Management on another 52 acres of land.

Court records show he and his family have two palatial houses in upscale Gomti Nagar of Lucknow, five properties in Dehradun and 100 acres of land in Barabanki.

After the CBI investigation into the Dehradun fake accounts case, the SIT filed an FIR against Mishra over his alleged disproportionate assets in 2011 and the probe is ongoing.

The bureaucrat also faced charges in the 2007 Tronica City scam in Ghaziabad, where officers allegedly gave away more than 400 plots at throwaway prices.

Mishra had joined UPSIDC as assistant engineer in 1986 and became chief engineer in 2002 — superseding many others — at a time he held the coveted charge of managing director of the corporation.

In August 2014, Mishra was dismissed from UPSIDC by the Allahabad High Court for securing the job through forged degrees. He moved the Supreme Court challenging the High Court’s decision.

You will be shocked to read that Mishra was defended by some of the best lawyers in India. (Some of them were flying down just for the hearing). Shanti Bhushan (Prashant Bhushan’s father), Soli Sorabjee, Harish salve, Abhishek Manu Singhvi (also a member of the Congress party), Gopal Subramaniam, Nageshwar rao have appeared for Mishra at the High Court & the Apex Court.

Former External affairs Minister Salman khursheed (also from the congress0 has appeared for Mishra. Even a layman can guess that Mishra would not be able to pay from his salary of 1 Lakh. Let’s hope that justice prevails and the UP Government is free from such Scamsters in the near future.

Source & Credit: Hindustan Times


Tony Joseph