In a jolt to the previous Akhilesh Yadav-led Uttar Pradesh cabinet, CBI has raided former UP cabinet minister Gayatri Prajapati's Amethi residence on Wednesday, as per sources. This is reportedly in connection with the illegal mining scam.
Sources further report that the CBI team raiding Prajapati's residence has already begun its search activities, looking for evidence from the time when Prajapati was mining minister in the UP cabinet (2012-2016). The allegation against Prajapati is that he provided permission to certain leaders in an illegal manner, as concluded by the Allahabad court.
CBI has taken up this investigation on the direction of the Allahabad court, to probe five counts of illegal sand minister mining against Prajapati. As per sources, CBI is currently conducting searches in 22 places across the country. This also includes 3 premises of Gayatri Prajapati in Amethi.
On January 2, the CBI had registered an FIR against 11 individuals, including public servants including 2008 batch IAS officer B Chandrakala for their role in facilitating illegal mining of minor minerals in Hamirpur district of Uttar Pradesh. CBI had previously conducted search and seizures of documents and electronic gadgets in 14 locations across NCR and UP. The allegations against those involved in the case are:
The agency has been probing the case of illegal mining in five districts --- Shamli, Hamirpur, Fatehpur, Siddharthnagar, and Deoria –since 2015. During the 2012-2013 period, the former CM Akhilesh Yadav held the mining portfolio. Prajapati was arrested in 2017 following a complaint of rape by a woman residing in Chitrakoot.