Former UP chief minister and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav has responded to reports of CBI looking into the role of ministers in power during the illegal mining scam in Uttar Pradesh. The Samajwadi Party chief is likely to be probed as well, said the reports.
"ANI's reporter lied when he asked me on Gatbandhan but the TV channels played it as I denied to comment on the CBI raid I am happy that BJP has shown us their true colours. Earlier Congress gave us a chance to meet the CBI, now BJP is giving us a chance to meet the CBI," he said.
He also spoke about his party's alliance with the BSP.
"I will not comment on the Gatbandhan. You will know the details when the time comes. You will know when the Gatbandhan will take place. If Congress calls them chor they want us also to call them chor . If they want SP to include they will if not then they won't, " he said.
Yadav might be headed for turbulent times ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections. As per sources, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will look into the role of all the ministers in power at the time of the illegal mining scam in Uttar Pradesh will be investigated and that Akhilesh Yadav might be questioned in the matter.
The CBI will quiz Akhilesh Yadav in the illegal mining scam. He held the additional portfolio of mining during 2012-13. The development comes after the CBI carried out fresh raids at more than 12 locations in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi in connection with illegal sand mining case.
On Saturday, CBI carried out raids at 14 places in Jalao, Hamirpur, Noida, Lucknow and Kanpur. As many as 11 people including government officials conducted the raids. For a limited period, there was a ban on mining in UP, however, it is alleged that government officials allowed mining even during the ban period.
Among those accused include Adil Khan, B.Chandrakal, then mining officer Moinuddin, SP MLC Ramesh Mishra and his brother, mining clerk Ram Ashray Prajapati, Ambika Tiwari (Hamirpur), mining clerk Ram Avatar Singh and his relative and Sanjay Dikshit, reported the news agency ANI.
The central investigative agency also conducted raid at the premises of IAS officers and former Hamirpur District Magistrate Chandrakala. The CBI had earlier registered a preliminary enquiry in UP illegal mining scam case but has now filed a case.