CBI tightens noose in alleged illegal sand mining cases related to Uttar Pradesh

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New Delhi: CBI conducts searches at 12 locations in 8 cities/districts of Uttar Pradesh in alleged illegal sand mining cases; huge cash recovered

The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered two separate cases related to alleged illegal sand mining in Uttar Pradesh and conducted searches at 12 locations in 8 cities/districts of Uttar Pradesh.

One case has been registered under Section 120-B read with 379 & 420 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under Section 13(2) read with 13(1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 2018 against a former District Magistrate, Fatehpur (Uttar Pradesh) and six others including the then Uttar Pradesh Mining Minister; three public servants of UP Government; two private persons and unknown public servants and other unknown persons.

Earlier a Preliminary Enquiry was registered on the orders of Allahabad High Court in PIL No. 22482/2016 and PIL No. 29115/2016. It was alleged that the then District Magistrate, Fatehpur, the then Mining Minister of U.P. Govt and other public servants entered into a conspiracy with private persons and renewed 3 sand mining leases in favour of two private persons, both residents of Fatehpur (U.P.). It was further alleged that the then DM, Fatehpur fraudulently executed deeds in compliance of illegal orders of renewal of 3 sand mining leases in favour of the said private persons. These sand mining leases were allegedly renewed in violation of orders of U.P. Govt wherein it was clearly directed that all such leases should be granted through e-tendering process.

The other case has been registered under Section 120-B read with 379, 403, 420, 467 & 468 of IPC and Under Section 13(2) read with 13(1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act against the then District Magistrate, Deoria (Uttar Pradesh) and eight others including the then Additional District Magistrate, Deoria (U.P.); three public servants; four private persons and other unknown public servants & private persons.

Earlier a Preliminary Enquiry was registered on the orders of Allahabad High Court in PIL No. 22482/2016 and PIL No. 29115/2016. It was alleged that the then District Magistrate, Deoria (UP) alongwith other officials of his office and private persons entered into conspiracy and fraudulently approved renewal of 02 sand mining leases in favour of two private persons, both residents of Deoria. It was further alleged that the then Mining Inspector, Deoria abused his official position and misappropriated MM-11 forms meant for transportation of minor minerals. These sand mining leases were allegedly renewed in violation of orders of U.P. Govt wherein it was clearly directed that all such leases should be granted through e-tendering process.

Searches were conducted today at 12 locations including Bulandshahar, Lucknow, Fatehpur, Azamgarh, Allahabad, Noida, Gorakhpur, Deoria etc in two separate cases. Cash of around Rs.49 lakh was recovered from the premises of then DM, Fatehpur (presently posted as DM, Bulandshehar ); cash of around Rs. 10 lakh was also recovered from the premises of then ADM, Deoria ( presently posted as CDO, Azamgarh ) and some documents related to properties from the premises of the then DM, Deoria ( presently posted as Director, Training & Employment, Lucknow) were also recovered.

Madhvi Abhay Singh, wife of District Magistrate Abhay Singh has posted a rejoinder/clarification on facebook stating that the CBi has registered a case against her husband on without basis. Click here for the clarification

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