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CBI Summons Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav in Illegal Mining Cases

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has issued a summons to Samajwadi Party president and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav, in connection with an ongoing investigation into illegal mining cases. The summons requires Yadav to appear as a witness for questioning on Friday, February 29.


The case pertains to the issuance of mining leases, allegedly in violation of the e-tendering process. The Allahabad High Court had ordered the probe, leading to the CBI’s involvement. It is alleged that during Yadav’s tenure as chief minister (2012-2017), public servants allowed illegal mining activities between 2012 and 2016. Despite a ban on mining by the National Green Tribunal, licenses were allegedly renewed illegally.

Key Allegations on Akhilesh Yadav

  1. Mining Leases: The CBI alleges that the then chief minister’s office, under Akhilesh Yadav, cleared 13 projects in a single day. Of these, 14 leases were granted, with 13 approved on February 17, 2013, in violation of the e-tendering process.
  2. Role of Public Servants: Officers are accused of allowing theft of minerals and extorting money from lease-holders and drivers during Yadav’s tenure.

Investigation Timeline

  • 2016: The CBI initiated seven preliminary inquiries based on the Allahabad High Court’s directions to investigate the case of illegal mining of minor minerals.
  • January 2019: The CBI conducted searches at 14 locations related to the case, including the residences of IAS officer B ChandrakalaSamajwadi Party MLC Ramesh Kumar Mishra, and Sanjay Dixit (who contested the 2017 assembly election on a BSP ticket).
  • Role of Akhilesh Yadav: Yadav, who held the mining portfolio during 2012-13, is under scrutiny. His office allegedly cleared the mining leases in violation of established procedures.

Legal Implications on Akhilesh Yadav

The CBI’s summons to Akhilesh Yadav underscores the seriousness of the allegations. As a key political figure, Yadav’s appearance as a witness will be closely watched. The investigation aims to uncover the truth behind the alleged irregularities in mining operations during his tenure as chief minister.

Note: Gayatri Prajapati succeeded Yadav as mining minister in 2013 and was later arrested following a complaint of rape by a woman residing in Chitrakoot.

The CBI’s pursuit of justice in this case reflects its commitment to upholding the rule of law and ensuring accountability for those entrusted with public office.

Disclaimer: This article is based on available information and official statements. The investigation is ongoing, and further developments may occur.

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