New Delhi: A day after it was reported that he may face a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in an illegal mining case in Uttar Pradesh, former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav lambasted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying the ruling party has done this to stop the Samajwadi Party (SP) in forthcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019.
“The ruling party has shown its true colours. Earlier, the Congress gave the opportunity to meet the CBI, now the BJP. The saffron party should know that whatever they do, they will have to face the consequences of the same later,”said Yadav, while interacting with reporters.
He added,”We want to win the maximum number of Lok Sabha seats. Those who want to stop us have the CBI with them. But the people of India are ready to give an answer to the BJP.”
Earlier on Saturday, the CBI carried out searches at 14 locations in connection with its FIR against 11 persons including IAS officer B Chandrakala, Samajwadi Party MLC Ramesh Kumar Mishra and Sanjay Dixit (who unsuccessfully contested the 2017 assembly election on a BSP ticket) to probe alleged illegal mining of minor minerals in Hamirpur district during 2012-16.
Minor minerals are like sand, gravels etc. Chandrakala, who is on study leave now a days, is one the most talked about officers on social media because of her purported anti-corruption drive videos on various platforms.
Her social media videos lashing out at government officials earned her a title of ‘Lady Dabang’ (daring). A UP cadre IAS officer of the 2008-batch, Chandrakala was the district magistrate of Hamirpur during 2012-14 when she allegedly violated e-tender system of allotting mining contracts in her district, the FIR said.
“The role of the then mining ministers concerned during the relevant period may be looked into during the course of investigation of the case,” the FIR said. Akhilesh Yadav, who was the chief minister of the state between 2012 and 2017, held the mining portfolio during 2012-13 apparently bringing his role under scanner, according to the FIR.
He was succeeded by Gayatri Prajapati, who took charge as mining minister in 2013 and was arrested in 2017 following a complaint of rape by a woman residing in Chitrakoot. This is a third FIR pertaining to illegal mining cases which were registered by the agency on January 2, 2019, nearly two-and-a-half year after it was directed by the Allahabad High Court to probe the issue.
The CBI was directed by the High Court on July 28, 2016 to probe illegal mining in the state following which it had registered seven preliminary enquiries out of which two pertaining to Shamli and Kaushambi districts were converted into FIRs in 2017.
Senior officials said cases pertaining to Fatehpur, Deoria, Saharanpur and Siddharth Nagar districts will be filed soon. The agency is probing the illegal mining during the period of 2012 and 2016.
The searches of the agency took place on a day the Samajwadi Party and the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party gave contours of an electoral alliance ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
(With inputs from agencies)