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ED Raids 6 Locations In Lucknow Over Rs 1,400 Crore 'Memorial Scam' During Mayawati's Govt.

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| January 31 , 2019 , 17:38 IST

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday conducted raids on at least six places in Lucknow in connection with Rs 1,400 crore alleged scam in a relation of the construction of memorials and parks by BSP government under Mayawati in Uttar Pradesh during 2007 to 2012.

According to news agency ANI, various teams of ED raided at least six locations in Lucknow including Gomti Nagar and Hazratganj.

The agency carried out the searches at the residences of engineers of the Uttar Pradesh Rajkiya Nirman Nigam and private firms, a senior ED official said.

The agency filed a money laundering case on the basis of a case registered by the Uttar Pradesh State Vigilance Department.

It is learnt that during the 2007-12 regime, the Bahujan Samaj Party government constructed Ambedkar Smarak, Kanshi Ram Smarak, Baudh Vidhar Shanti Upvan, Kanshi Ram eco-garden, Kanshi Ram Sanskriti sthal, Rama Bai Ambekdar sthal and Prateek Stahl Samta Moolak Chauraha in Lucknow.

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The Dalit Prerna Sthal and Green Garden also came up on 33 acres in Noida. As per government records, the total cost of these memorials was Rs 5,919 crore.

The Uttar Pradesh Vigilance Department had filed a case against many engineers and officers in 2014 for alleged financial irregularities.

The ED raid came days after the Allahabad High Court sought the progress report of a vigilance probe into the alleged multi-crore scam in the building of monuments and parks when BSP chief Mayawati was the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister.