The Yogi Adityanath government on Thursday ordered a probe by a Special Investigation Team after private secretaries of three State ministers were caught on camera allegedly seeking bribes inside the secretariat building.The SIT, headed by ADG Lucknow Zone Rajiv Krishnan, will submit its report in 10 days.Taking cognizance of the ‘sting operation’ by Hindi news channel ABP News, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered the immediate suspension of the accused officials and that an FIR be lodged against them.In the ‘sting operation,’ the secretaries — Santosh Awasthi, Om Prakash Kashyap and S.P. Tripathi — were allegedly caught on camera seeking money in exchange for work done in their departments. The officers belonged to the departments of State Minister for Education Sandeep Singh, Backward Classes Welfare Minister Om Prakash Rajbhar and Mining Minister Archana Pandey respectively.Uneasy allyMr. Rajbhar, president of the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party, an ally of the BJP in U.P., has had a rocky relationship with the regime. Speaking to the media, he questioned the intention of the sting operation. Ms. Pandey said she would assist the probe fully and help in ensuring that the guilty were punished.
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