NEW DELHI: Supreme Court ordered a probe on Thursday into allegations that the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister facing polls in the coming months had illegally made around Rs1 billion ($22 million).
The order against Mulayam Singh Yadav, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, could prove to be an electoral setback for his Samajwadi Party that currently runs the state and faces polls in April and May.
“It is in the chief minister’s interest to have his name cleared,” a two-judge bench of the court said, while ordering the federal Central Bureau of Investigation to conduct the probe.
“A chief minister of a state should not function under a cloud,” the court added.
Yadav, a former defence minister, was not immediately available for comment. He has been the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh since August 2003.