The CBI today raided 12 places across Uttar Pradesh, including the residence of a senior IAS officer in Lucknow, and Delhi in connection with the multi-crore mining scam in the state’s Bundelkhand region.
The flat of B Chandrakala, a 2008 batch officer, in an apartment building in the heart of Lucknow was searched. Raids were also carried on Samajwadi Party MLC Ramesh Mishra’s home in Hamirpur, of red sand contractors in Jalaun and other premises in Kanpur, Noida, Jalaun and Hamirpur in the state and Delhi.
Chandrakala is said to be hugely popular on social media for her crusade against corruption. Chandrakala is 2008 batch IAS officer of the UP cadre. She hails from Telangana. Videos of the woman IAS officer reprimanding erring civic official in UP’s Bulandshahr had gone viral on social media a few months ago.
Chandrakala has come under scanner for allegedly bypassing rules and regulations for granting licenses for sand mining during her tenure as District Magistrate of Hamirpur in 2012.
A 15-member CBI team was also questioning Mishra and former Zila Pachayat chairman Sanjeev Dixit. The CBI has taken over the probe on illegal mining on the directions of the Allahabad High Court.