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In Massive Search Op, CBI Raids 11 Locations in Lucknow, NCR in Connection With Scam During Mayawati's Tenure

The agency searched premises of former IAS officers Netram and Vinay Priya Dhune and sons of former MLC Iqbal Singh. Netram also held the position of secretary to Mayawati when she was the chief minister of UP.

Nitisha Kashyap | CNN-News18

Updated:July 9, 2019, 9:48 PM IST
In Massive Search Op, CBI Raids 11 Locations in Lucknow, NCR in Connection With Scam During Mayawati's Tenure
File photo of CBI headquarters in New Delhi. (PTI)

New Delhi: In a nationwide action, the Central Bureau of Investigation conducted searches and raids at around 110 places in 19 states and union territories. More than 550 CBI officials were involved in conducting these nationwide raids. The agency has also registered 30 separate cases relating to corruption, criminal misconduct and arms smuggling, among others.

According to CBI officials, these raids and searches were conducted in various cities including Delhi, Bharatpur, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Jammu, Srinagar, Lucknow and other places in Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and other places.

Searches were conducted at the residence of former IAS officer, Netram, in connection with the Sugar Mills scam that the agency is investigation. As of now, there's one FIR and six preliminary enquiry in the case. Netram was Secretary to the then chief minister Mayawati. CBI also searched former IAS Vinaypriya, the then MD UP State Sugar Corporation along with the sons of the then MLC Iqbal Singh - Mohd Wajid Ali and Mohd Jawed. A total of 14 places were raided and Rs11 lakh cash has been found.

Another major raid that the agency conducted today was in connection with the FIR registered against former Haryana Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, in January 2019. Searches were conducted at the office premises of Krrish Built Tech Pvt Ltd, Jasola District Centre. The agency officials have found 14 incriminating documents pertaining to land deal.

In Delhi, the CBI conducted searches at eleven places in connection with the FIR against NGO Advantage India and Deepak Talwar. The said NGO had received a foreign contribution of Rs90.72cr and interest of 6.69cr was also accrued on this foreign contribution.

Apart from these, CBI conducted raids at the office and premise of three deputy commissioners posted at Drawback Sections of Customs- Kunal Anuj, Sharad Ranjan, Kamleshwar Singh- for misusing the official position and fraudulently lifting the alerts in Electronic Data Interchange system from several Import Export Codes resulting in illegal disbursal of draw back amount ranging from Rs1cr to 3.5cr.

The official said that the premises of KA Duggal, the then CMD BICL and KV Vajpayee, the then company secretary were also raided for irregularities in giving tenders. The cases in which search operations are going on also include cheating of a Mumbai-based businessman who was sold 980 acres of land worth Rs 11 crore in Chhindwara district of Madhya Pradesh on the basis of forged documents.

The raids were also conducted at private gun houses in Udhampur, Srinagar and eleven places in Jammu in connection with irregularities in issuing of gun licenses. The team has recovered incriminating documents with respect to the the issuance and renewal of arms licenses, blank application forms submitted by various licencees, money transactions of gun dealers with the licencees, black NOC purportedly issued by the District Magistrate and arms license issue register. The official said that it should be noted that the DM office or residence was not raided. Only after the involvement or role of these officials are found that the CBI will take next step.

The CBI official said these raids are ongoing and more details would be revealed once the operation is over.

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