CBI Raids Ex-UP Minister Gayatri Prajapati in Illegal Sand Mining Case, Searches Conducted at 22 Locations
CBI Raid Residence of Gayatri Prajapati (Photo Credits: ANI)

Amethi, June 12: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday carried out searches at 22 location in Uttar Pradesh and the national capital, including three residences of former UP Minister Gayatri Prajapati in connection with the illegal mining scam. The central agency started the investigation after the directions from Allahabad High Court in January. Illegal Sand Mining Case in UP: Residences of IAS Officer B Chandrakala, BSP MLA and SP MLC Raided.

Prajapati held the mining portfolio during the Akhilesh Yadav government, officials said. The CBI on January 2 had registered a case against 11 people under IPC sections and the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA). The agency named geologist/mining officer Moinuddin, Hamirpur District Magistrate B. Chandrakala, miner Adil Khan, among others. 55 People Booked for Illegal Sand Mining in UP.

The CBI on January 5 carried out searches on 14 locations in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, including the residence of IAS officer Chandrakala as well as SP and BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party) leaders. Former CM Akhilesh Yadav held the Mining ministry in the state from 2012 to 2013. Prajapati succeded Yadav as the Mining Minister.