After B Chandrakala, trouble is in store for some more officers of the Indian Administrative Services in the mining scam as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered two more cases.
In the first case registered just before conducting raids on their residences and other establishments on Tuesday, the CBI has named District Magistrate of Bulandshahr, Abhay Singh (2007 batch), another senior IAS officer of 1985 batch, Jiwesh Nandan, and IAS officer Santosh Kumar (2005 batch).
Besides the IAS officers, the CBI has also named the then Mining Minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati, who is presently lodged in jail in a rape case. It is alleged that the accused had abused their official position and renewed three sand mining leases and Abhay Singh fraudulently executed the deals without complying with the orders of High Court on e-tenders for lease.
In the second FIR against then District Magistrate of Deoria, Vivek (2009 batch), along with then ADM Devi Sharan Upadhyay and other officials of his office and private persons, it is alleged that they entered into conspiracy and renewed two sand mining leases in favour of Phool Badan Nishad and Sharda Yadav, Pankaj Kumar Singh, then mining inspector at Deoria.
Sources said the CBI team recovered Rs 47 lakh in cash from Bulandshahr DM’s residence.
The CBI on Tuesday had conducted raids at 12 locations, including Bulandshahr, Lucknow, Fatehpur, Azamgarh, Allahabad, Noida, Gorakhpur, Deoria in two separate cases related to alleged illegal mining.
CBI sources here said on Wednesday that the first case had been registered against Abhay Singh, then DM of Fatehpur and others. At present, Abhay Singh is the DM of Bulandshahr.
The second case has been registered against IAS officer Vivek, then DM of Deoria, and others. Vivek is at present posted as MD of Kaushal Vikas Nigam and Director, Training & Employment in Lucknow.
The sources also said that during the raids conducted at different places on Wednesday, the CBI sleuths recovered cash amounting to around Rs 47 lakh from the premises of DM of Bulandshahr, cash amounting to around Rs 10 lakh from the premises of senior bureaucrat Devi Sharan Upadhyay, then ADM of Deoria and at present posted as CDO, Azamgarh, and some documents related to properties from the premises of the then DM of Deoria (presently posted as Director, Training & Employment, Lucknow).
The CBI conducted raids at the residence and office of Bulandshahr DM Abhay Singh and the residence of IAS officer Vivek, who is Managing Director of UP Kaushal Vikas Corporation in connection with the sand mining scam in UP.
The sources said around 20-member CBI team reached the residence of the Bulandshahr DM in three vehicles in the morning and removed all the people present there except the DM and his family members. The raid was conducted in connection with allegations when Singh was the DM of Fatehpur during the Samajwadi Party regime in 2013-14.
Vivek’s house was searched as he too was DM of Deoria between March and June 2013.
The CBI action followed raids at the residence of another IAS officer Chandrakala in connection with the mining scam. The first week of January had witnessed several such raids in UP and Delhi.
Prominent among those, whose residences were raided in January included senior IAS officer B Chandrakala in Lucknow, BSP leader Satyadev Dikshit and SP MLC Ramesh Mishra in Hamirpur.
Meanwhile, Bulandshahr DM Abhay Singh denied charges of irregularities and claimed that all the recovery made from his residence was from known sources and declared by him in his income return. He also denied issuing any mining lease during his tenure as DM of Fatehpur.
The CBI is investigating the charges of illegal mining in five districts of Uttar Pradesh — Shamli, Hamirpur, Fatehpur, Siddharthnagar, and Deoria – during the previous Samajwadi Party regime. The Central investigation agency has taken up the matter on the direction of the Allahabad High Court in July 2017.