File photo of former UP minister Gayatri Prajapati , Screengrab (Courtesy: PTI)
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Uttar Pradesh:

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday booked two more fresh cases against  Ex-SP minister Prajapati and 4 Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers on the UP mining scam issue.

They also carried out searches at 12 locations in the state, officials said.

CBI’s FIR has named Gayatri Prajapati, a former minister in the Samajwadi Party government, and then principal secretary Jiwesh Nandan, special secretary Santosh Kumar, then district magistrates Abhay and Vivek as the culprits.

As per CBI, the beneficiaries, Shiv Singh and Sukhraj used the influence of the minister to get their lease renewed.

The Uttar Pradesh government had mandated e-tendering for renewal and award of a fresh lease for sand mining in the state on May 31, 2012, which was upheld by the Allahabad High Court on January 29, 2013.

CBI also alleged that Nanadan Kumar and then district magistrate of Fatehpur Abhay allegedly plotted with the minister to get the lease renewed in the matter of Sukhraj in 2014 while Singh managed to get his lease renewed in 2012.

The lease was allegedly renewed in violation of the e-tendering policy of the state government.

In the second case, the agency has alleged that Vivek, while posted as the District Magistrate (DM) in Deoria, allowed the renewal of lease one of Sharda Yadav.

Sharda Yadav, whose petition for renewal of lease was dismissed by the Allahabad High Court on April 5, 2013, managed to get it renewed next day in conspiracy with Vivek and other officials of the district, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) alleged.

 

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