Lucknow: Accused in multi-crore sand mining case, IAS officer B Chandrakala visited the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office in Lucknow, said reports on Thursday.
The officer arrived at the ED Lucknow zonal office on Wednesday morning and left a little after 6 PM. Officials said she had come to submit documents relating to 36 leases issued by her during her tenure as district magistrate of
Hamirpur between April 13, 2012, and June 6, 2014.
Chandrakala was summoned to ED office on January 24 but she sent her lawyer instead of appearing herself. An ED official said that Chandrakala had sanctioned 14 new leases, while 22 mining leases were renewed by her, allegedly without following the e-tendering processes.
“Details of her income tax filing and asset will also be verified,” the official told a leading daily. A source also told the daily that the officer also submitted documents relating to procedures and copies of the government order under which she had granted the new leases and renewed the older ones.
Later, her lawyer said they could not answer any query as a probe was underway. Chandrakala has been on study leave since August 2018. ED officials said that others accused in the case, including SP MLC Ramesh Kumar Mishra, will also be summoned.
The scam caught national attention when reports suggested that Samajwadi Party chief and former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav could be investigated for his role. The SP chief held the mining department between 2012 and June 2013.
All mining ministers in the state in between 2012 and 2016 will be questioned, a senior CBI official was quoted as saying. Former UP minister Gayatri Prajapati, who succeeded Akhilesh as Mining minister, is also likely to be summoned.
Earlier this month, the central probing agency conducted searches at 12 locations in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, including Jalaun, Hamirpur, Lucknow and across Delhi, in connection with the case.