Tale of the man who embarrassed UP govt and Chief Minister Yogi

Sanjay Bhatnagar

Sanjay BhatnagarBy Sanjay Bhatnagar

Published on 4 Sep 2017 11:35 AM GMT

Tale of the man who embarrassed UP govt and Chief Minister Yogi
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Lucknow: Ironically, it took Uttar Pradesh government seven weeks to take action against a rather junior government functionary who had not only misguided the entire security machinery but embarrassed Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to a great extent.

Also Read: PETN explosive found inside UP assembly | CM calls high-level meeting

It was on July 12 when some innocuous quartz powder found in the UP assembly was declared to be PETN, an explosive, by Dr Shyam Bihari Upadhyay, the Director of Forensic Lab, Lucknow. It prompted the state government to go overboard and CM Yogi was compelled to make statement in the house alleging the terror conspiracy was behind the whole incident.

Also Read: PETN Explosive in UP Assembly: NIA-ATS begin probe

After preliminary probe, it was found that Dr Upadhyay not only used expired kit but gave wrong report much to the embarrassment of the state government and the CM himself whose statement was subjected to ridicule later.

It was only on Monday, the September 4, 2017 when the state government was suspended and attached to the office of Director of Vigilance who would enquire into allegations against him.

Also Read: Uttar Pradesh government rubbishes media reports over PETN

Sanjay Bhatnagar

Sanjay Bhatnagar

Writer is a bi-lingual journalist with experience of about three decades in print media before switching over to digital media. He is a political commentator and covered many political events in India and abroad.

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