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CBI raids 14 places, may probe Akhilesh

Names ‘Lady Dabang’ IAS officer Chandrakala, 10 others in FIR

CBI raids 14 places, may probe Akhilesh
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New Delhi: Samajwadi Party (SP) President and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav may face a probe by the CBI in an illegal mining case in the state, according to an FIR of the agency made public on Saturday, the day on which arch rivals SP and BSP indicated their intent to join hands to counter the ruling BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

The CBI also carried out searches at 14 locations on Saturday in connection with its FIR against 11 persons including IAS officer B Chandrakala, Samajwadi Party MLC Ramesh Kumar Mishra and Sanjay Dixit (who had unsuccessfully contested the 2017 Assembly election on a BSP ticket) to probe alleged illegal mining of minor minerals in Hamirpur district during 2012-16. Minor minerals are like sand, gravels etc.

Chandrakala, who is now on study leave, is one the most talked about officers on social media because of her anti-corruption drive videos on various platforms. Her social media videos lashing out at government officials earned her the title of 'Lady Dabang' (daring). A UP cadre IAS officer of the 2008-batch, Chandrakala was the district magistrate of Hamirpur during 2012-14 when she allegedly violated the e-tender system of allotting mining contracts in her district, the FIR said.

"The role of the then mining ministers concerned during the relevant period may be looked into during the course of investigation of the case," the FIR said. Akhilesh Yadav, who was UP chief minister between 2012 and 2017, held the mining portfolio during 2012-13 apparently bringing his role under scanner, according to the FIR.

He was succeeded by Gayatri Prajapati, who took charge as mining minister in 2013 and was arrested in 2017 following a complaint of rape by a woman residing in Chitrakoot.

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