A minister in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh resigned over allegations of his involvement in the kidnapping of a female college student, colleagues say.
Pradesh Anand Sen Yadav resigned in order to facilitate a fair inquiry into the student's disappearance, the state cabinet minister secretary said.
The whereabouts of the young woman are still unknown.
The state's Chief minister Mayawati has recommended that the investigation be handed over to federal police.
The cabinet secretary said Mr Sen was not involved in the kidnapping.