With the Uttar Pradesh Government downgrading the probe against Amar Singh in the money laundering case from the Economic Offences Wing to the local district police, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Balbir Punj on Friday advised Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav not to take such steps that will strengthen the impression that his government has been supporting anti-social elements in the society.
Punj said Amar Singh has been a very important component of Samajwadi Party for number of years.
"And in between, Samajwadi Party and Amar Singh parted company. Now, they are cosing up to each other. And against that background this effort to downgrade the level of inquiry against Amar Singh is very unfortunate and it is a reflection on Akhilesh Yadav's Government in UP," said Punj.
"Akhilesh Yadav should not be doing anything, which will further strengthen the impression that his government has been supporting anti-social elements in the society," he added.
It may be recalled here that the Allahabad High Court had earlier in October this year ordered the state government to get the criminal charges (under IPC) probed by a higher agency.
In his plea, Amar Singh had contended that since Enforcement Directorate had after a probe found that the allegations against him were baseless, all proceedings against him should be quashed.
The court, which rejected his plea, directed the state government for nominating an agency to investigate the matter.
The allegation in the petition was that Amar Singh had misappropriated crores of rupees when he was functioning has Chairman of UP State Development Council. (ANI)