The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a case U/s 120-B r/w Section 379, 384, 420, 511 of IPC and Section 13(2) r/w Section 13(1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act against the then District Magistrate(an IAS officer), Hamirpur(Uttar Pradesh); the then Geologist/Mining Officer; then Mining Clerk, Hamirpur; Eight others including Lease Holders, private persons and other unknown public servants & unknown persons. Earlier, an enquiry on the aspect of alleged illegal mining of Minor Minerals in District Hamirpur(UP) was conducted on the Orders dated 28.07.2016 of Hon’ble High Court of Judicature at Allahabad in PIL (Civil) No.22482/2016 & PIL (Civil) No.29115/2016.
The flat of B Chandrakala, a 2008 batch officer of the Indian Administrative Service, in an apartment building in the heart of Lucknow was searched. Raids were also carried on Samajwadi Party legislative councillor Ramesh Mishra’s home in Hamirpur, of red sand contractors in Jalaun and other premises in Kanpur, Noida, Jalaun and Hamirpur in the state and Delhi.
It was alleged that public servants in criminal conspiracy with other accused allowed illegal mining of Minor Minerals in District Hamirpur (UP) during the period 2012-2016. It was further alleged that they had illegally granted fresh leases for mining of sand, renewed existing leases & permitted obstructed period to the existing leaseholders and thereby caused wrongful loss to the Government exchequer and undue gain to themselves. It was also alleged that other persons were allowed to excavate minor minerals illegally, to commit theft of the minor minerals and to extort money from the leaseholders as well as from the drivers of the vehicles transporting minor minerals.
Searches have been conducted at 12 places in the Districts of Hamirpur, Jalon, Noida, Kanpur & Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh and in Delhi. During the searches incriminating material pertaining to illegal Sand Mining; huge cash and Gold were recovered.