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UP’s Prajapati booked in illegal mining case 

Lucknow/New Delhi, July 10

Trouble seems to be in store for former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav as the CBI has booked his then ministerial colleague Gayatri Prajapati and several IAS offiers in alleged mining scam in Fatehpur district.

The CBI has registered two fresh cases in naming four IAS officers and Prajapati as accused and carried out searches at 12 locations in the state, officials said Wednesday.

The agency’s FIR names Prajapati, a former minister in the Samajwadi Party government, and then principal secretary Jiwesh Nandan, special secretary Santosh Kumar, then district magistrates Abhay Kumar Singh and Vivek, they said.

The Uttar Pradesh Government had mandated e-tendering for renewal and award of fresh lease for sand mining in the state on May 31, 2012, which was upheld by the Allahabad High Court on January 29, 2013. 

In the case involving Prajapati, the agency has alleged that beneficiaries Shiv Singh and Sukhraj used the influence of the minister to get their lease renewed.

The agency has alleged that Nanadan and then District Magistrate of Fatehpur Abhay allegedly conspired with the minister to get the lease renewed in the matter of Sukhraj in 2014 while Singh managed to get his lease renewed in 2012. The lease were allegedly renewed in violation of e-tendering policy of the state government.

In the second case, the agency has alleged that Vivek while posted as the DM in Deoria allowed renewal of lease of one Sharda Yadav.

Yadav, whose petition for renewal of lease was dismissed by the Allahabad High Court on April 5, 2013, managed to get it renewed next day in conspiracy with Vivek and other officials of the district, the CBI alleged.

The agency teams descended at 12 locations in the state, including in the premises of 2007-batch IAS officer Abhay, presently the district magistrate of Bulandshahr, and 2009-batch IAS officer Vivek, the mission director of Uttar Pradesh Skill Development Mission to carry out searches after registering the FIRs, they said.

The searches are spread at 12 locations including Bulandshahr, Lucknow, Fatehpur, Azamgarh, Allahabad, Noida, Gorakhpur, Deoria among others.

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