The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday conducted raids at a dozen of locations in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh – Kanpur, Lucknow, Hamirpur, Noida in connection with the Uttar Pradesh illegal mining scam. The searches were carried out at Delhi and at 14 location in Lucknow, Kanpur, Hamirpur, Noida and Jalaun district of Uttar Pradesh.
As per CBI Sources quoted by News Agency ANI – 11 people are accused in the illegal mining of minor mineral cases including – Adil Khan, B.Chandrakal, then mining officer Moinuddin, Samajwadi Party MLC Ramesh Mishra and his brother, mining clerk Ram Ashray Prajapati, Ambika Tiwari (Hamirpur), mining clerk Ram Avatar Singh & his relative and Sanjay Dikshit.
CBI sources claimed that all those who were Ministers during the scam will be investigated. It should be noted that Samajwadi Party Chief and Former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav held the Mining Department from the year 2012 to 2013. While Yadav has served as the Chief Minister in Uttar Pradesh from 2012 to 2017.
The development could cause trouble for Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav as the scam took place during the period when he was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.
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Sources said the CBI also conducted raids at the premises of IAS officer and former Hamirpur District Magistrate Chandrakala. The CBI, which had earlier registered a preliminary enquiry in the UP illegal mining scam case, has now filed a case.
The agency had been probing into the case of illegal mining in the state since 2015 on the directives of Allahabad High Court. There was a ban in Mining in the state for a limited period of time, however, as per allegations, the government officials allowed mining even during the ban period.