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UP Mining Scam: ED Summons IAS Officer B. Chandrakala And 10 Others

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| January 18 , 2019 , 18:23 IST

IAS officer B Chandrakala, SP MLC Ramesh Kumar Mishra and nine other accused was summoned on Friday by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and sand mining scam in Hamirpur district.

ED officials said the FIR has been registered on the basis of a preliminary inquiry by Delhi unit of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed on January 2 and related to alleged anomalies in the allotment of sand mining leases between 2012 and 2016.

Officials of the economic intelligence and law enforcement agency said mining ministers between 2012 and 2016 (Akhilesh Yadav and Gayatri Prajapati) may also be questioned, if required, in further course of the investigation.

They said notices have been sent to all accused informing them about the FIR registered against them and asking them to record their statements.All of those summoned have been asked to appear on 28 January.

Speaking to media an official said, “We have been keeping the tab on developments since the CBI carried out searches at 14 places across Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, including the residences of woman IAS officer B Chandrakala in Lucknow and Samajwadi Party MLC Ramesh Kumar Mishra in Kanpur and Jalaun, on January 5."

"The FIR was registered suspecting that huge illegal money transaction has happened in the scam,” official added.

Reports say that the ED will also identify assets created by the accused with the money earned through illegal means.

The ED case is based on the CBI FIR which alleged that Chandrakala, the former District Magistrate of Hamirpur district, had granted several leases in violation of the Allahabad High Court orders which had ratified an e-tender policy.

The CBI is probing the illegal sand mining case and role of bureaucrats and politicians in Uttar Pradesh between 2012 and 2016.

During searches on January 5, the CBI officials had seized several documents related to mining and property, over 4 kg of gold and jewellery of over Rs 2 core from different places.

Moinuddin, geologist/mining officer, Hamirpur, Ram Avtar Singh, retired senior clerk in mining department and one of the leaseholders Adil Khan and Ram Ashrey Prajapati mining clerk were also named in the FIR.

Remaining five accused were other leaseholders, including the SP MLC, his brother Dinesh Kumar Mishra, Ambika Tewari, Sanjay Dixit, his father Satyadev Dixit and Karan Singh.

Former Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Akhilesh Yadav are also under CBI scanner. As CM, Yadav had reportedly granted the mines leases to 14 people in 2013 in Hamirpur district against the High Court’s order.

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Earlier, CBI performed search operations at 12 locations in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi including the residence of a senior IAS officer B Chandrakala and SP legislator in connection with the multi-crore mining scam.

Raid over Chandrakala's house had been the major highlight of the CBI operation.