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Ex-UP minister Gayatri Prajapati raided by CBI in illegal sand mining case

A senior CBI official said three premises owned by the family members of Prajapati, who is already in jail since March 2017 on a rape charge, were raided. ion Act.

india Updated: Jun 12, 2019 16:06 IST
Rohit K Singh
Rohit K Singh
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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The CBI started investigating the case on the directions of the Allahabad High Court in January this year. (HT Photo)

In the multi-core alleged mining scam in the Uttar Pradesh’s Bundelkhand region, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday morning carried out raids at 22 locations in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, including former Samajwadi party minister Gayatri Prajapati’s home town in Amethi and Hamirpur.

A senior CBI official said three premises owned by the family members of Prajapati, who is already in jail since March 2017 on a rape charge, were raided.

The CBI’s Delhi unit had registered a case on January 2, 2019 under against 11 people, including a 2008 batch IAS officer and Samajwadi Party legislative council member Ramesh Kumar Mishra. The scam, according to the CBI’s First Information Report, took place between 2012 and 2016.

The CBI has said it would also probe the role of the mining ministers during this period. Former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav held charge of the mining ministry from March 2012 to July 2013 while Gayatri Prajapati had the ministry between 2013 and 2016.

This is the second round of raids by the CBI in this case. Three days after the FIR was registered, the CBI had carried out raids at 12 locations across Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, including the residence of IAS officer B Chandrakala in Lucknow and Samajwadi Party MLC Ramesh Kumar Mishra in Kanpur and Jalaun. The CBI also raided the residences of some mining department officials and red sand mining lease holders.

The CBI teams then seized several documents related to mining and property, around 5 kg gold and jewellery and over Rs 2 crore. They quizzed MLC and former zila panchayat chairman Sanjiv Dixit in Hamirpur.

In the FIR, the Chandrakala has been accused of sanctioning and renewing leases flouting the norms of e-tendering during her posting as district magistrate of Hamirpur in 2012. All leases were cancelled on the order of Allahabad high court in October 2015 which took cognizance of a petition regarding the lease contracts. The court also ordered the CBI inquiry in the case on July 28, 2016.

First Published: Jun 12, 2019 13:04 IST