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The shadow of the CBI-ED on the old cases of UP… may tighten the screws on these leaders, is the main issue of 2024 ‘corruption’

Lucknow: The case of CBI raid in Bihar is hot. Raid is happening in the case of IRCTC scam and restoration in lieu of land in Railways. Along with former Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi, Tejashwi Yadav and sisters are also accused in this case. On 7 July 2017, the CBI team raided several places in the country simultaneously. Out of this the residence of Rabri Devi was also included. Then there was a grand alliance government of Nitish Kumar and Tejashwi Yadav in Bihar. Once again Nitish and Tejashwi together formed a coalition government. Raids are going on at 24 locations of CBI. The threat of Bihar raids can also be heard in Lucknow. Discussions in the political corridors have started taking place about those cases, on which the central investigative agencies can be seen skewed. Be it former Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav or Mayawati, there are cases registered against everyone in the CBI. Investigation is going on on these. Sometimes slow, sometimes fast, the speed increases and decreases. But, before 2024, on the lines of the leaders of Bihar, it would not be surprising to see the CBI in action in UP.

Why is 2024 important?
Be it UP and Bihar or the Centre, after the Emergency, political change was seen on a large scale. In the 1977 general elections, the Congress, established at the center of power, was dislodged for the first time. The Janata Party came to power, but after 3 years the alliance of the parties disintegrated. Congress remained in power for the next 10 years. The election of 1980 was a comeback for Indira Gandhi. At the same time, the wave of sympathy that emerged after the assassination of Indira Gandhi gave Rajiv Gandhi a historic victory. In the years that followed, politics went on the reverse. Especially after the Mandal movement and the Ram Janmabhoomi movement.

Changes in the politics of UP strengthened the regional satraps Mulayam Singh Yadav, Kanshi Ram, Mayawati, and the door of politics came in their hands. The period from 1989 to 1999 was full of turmoil. After the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, the Congress came to power at the Center. But, then came the era of coalition government. Atal Bihari Vajpayee also ran the Jumbo coalition government till 2004. The UPA remained in rule for the next 10 years, but since 2010-11, anti-incumbency against them started increasing. Scams started coming to the fore. Then coming from Gujarat politics to the center, Narendra Modi changed the direction of the country’s politics.

After 2014, in 2019, the Bharatiya Janata Party has succeeded in forming a government of full majority on its own at the center. But, in 2019, BJP was accompanied by Shiv Sena and also Shiromani Akali Dal. JDU was also involved in the alliance and so was the LJP. The alliance in UP is more or less intact in its form. But, the UP Elections 2022 has indicated that they may face trouble at many places if the elections are bi-polar. The 2019 elections, surgical strikes and air strikes had brightened the face of the Modi government. For the year 2024, the Modi government seems to be working on the strategy of ‘strike’ against corruption.

Investigation is going on in many cases in UP
In Bihar, the way fodder scam, IRCTC scam and railway recruitment scam have become a snarl for the Lalu family. There are many such cases in UP too which remain the neck bone of regional political parties. The biggest issue in this seems to be being made on the Mulayam family. Even against Mayawati. The results of Azamgarh Lok Sabha by-election make it clear that if Mayawati enters the electoral fray as per the strategy, she can become a problem for anyone. BJP’s victory in Rampur has made it clear that they can get an edge in the face-to-face contest. In such a situation, ‘corruption’ is such an issue, which if heated, its impact can be seen at a lower level.

Talking about the investigation of scams in UP, cases like mining scam, river front scam, Jal Nigam recruitment scam, memorial scam are under investigation. Case registered against Mulayam family in disproportionate assets case. At the same time, the Taj Corridor scam can also be included in this list. If the central investigative agencies keep an eye on these cases of UP, then the politics of the state can heat up once again.

Who seems to be trapped in which scam?
Disproportionate assets case: Mulayam Singh Yadav was accused of illegally acquiring assets worth Rs 100 crore when he was the Chief Minister between 1999 and 2005. In this case, Mulayam Singh Yadav, his sons Akhilesh Yadav and Prateek Yadav and daughter-in-law Dimple Yadav were made accused. On 7 August 2013, the CBI closed the investigation due to lack of sufficient evidence. Against this in the year 2019, advocate Vishwanath Chaturvedi filed a petition challenging the decision of the CBI to close the investigation. Vishwanath Chaturvedi filed a petition in the Rose Avenue Court in January this year, raising the issue of non-submission of closure report by the CBI in the disproportionate assets case. If the investigation starts in the case, then the troubles of the Mulayam family may increase.

Mining Scam: Mining scam can also increase the problems of former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. Actually, this scam is related to Hamirpur, which is considered to be the paradise of mining. Along with Hamirpur, there was also a case of illegal mining on a large scale in Sonbhadra. In this case, in the year 2019, the CBI had raided 12 places. During the Akhilesh government, the entire mining game was played under the patronage of Gayatri Prasad Prajapati. Akhilesh Yadav’s name has also been taken in this case. The High Court had ordered a complete ban on Morang’s mines. Even after this, illegal mining work continued in Hamirpur. Gayatri Prajapati was behind this.

Vijay Dwivedi had filed a petition in the illegal mining case. On 28 July 2016, the High Court, while hearing complaints and petitions, handed over the investigation of illegal mining to the CBI. Three senior IAS officers B Chandrakala, Sandhya Tiwari and Bhavnath have also been questioned in this case. The CBI had also questioned Morang businessman and BSP leader Sanjay Dixit in the year 2017. The issue is expected to heat up before the Lok Sabha elections.

River Front Scam: River front scam has also affected the politics of the state. CBI and ED are investigating this scam. 1438 crores were spent on the approved project of 270 crores. The project has been accused of importing expensive fountains from France without permission. Under the project, the Gomti river was to be cleaned and the sewage from the drains was to be discharged after STP treatment. But, even today the dirty water of 37 drains falls in the Gomti river. The work of cleaning the Gomti river was also not completed. On 27 March 2017, CM Yogi Adityanath had visited the river front and instructed to investigate the scam. On 1 April 2017, a committee was constituted under the chairmanship of retired Justice Alok Singh to investigate the river front scam. The committee gave its report on 16 May. On the basis of the report of the committee, the responsibility of taking action against the culprits was entrusted to the then Urban Development Minister Suresh Khanna.

On the basis of Suresh Khanna’s report, the Irrigation Department lodged an FIR on 19 June 2017 at Gomti Nagar police station. On 20 July 2017, the state government recommended a CBI inquiry. On 30 November 2017, the CBI registered a case and started investigation. At the same time, the ED started investigation by registering a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. On 24 January 2019, the ED had raided 9 locations in Lucknow, Noida and Ghaziabad. In July 2021, CBI had raided 40 places. The stains of the scam case regarding the Gomti River Front scheme have also been put on the then CM Akhilesh Yadav. The matter is also expected to heat up in this case.

UP Jal Nigam Recruitment Scam: In the year 2016, the advertisement for recruitment to 1300 posts of RGC, JE and AE came out from the Government of Uttar Pradesh. On this basis the recruitment process started. In this, 122 Assistant Engineers, 853 Junior Engineers, 335 Ethical Clerks and 32 Stenographers were recruited. Irregularities in appointments came to the fore. SIT was constituted to probe the irregularities in the appointment. In this case, allegations were also leveled against Azam Khan, the then minister and chairman of Jal Nigam. In this case, a case of violation of the UP Water Supply and Sewage Act 1975 and the rules and regulations of Jal Nigam came to light. After the BJP came to power in the year 2017 in UP, orders were given to investigate the matter. The 122 engineers who were recruited were dismissed.

In the year 2018, an FIR was lodged against Azam Khan and his associates under sections 409, 420, 120-B, 201 IPC, and 13(1) of the Prevention of Corruption Act in this case. Later the CBI investigation started. Azam Khan was produced by the CBI in a special court in Lucknow in the same case during his stay in Sitapur jail in May this year. This case can also become a headache for the top leadership of the Samajwadi Party.

Memorial scam The memorial scam of the reign of BSP supremo Mayawati is a scam. There is a whole case of a scam of billions of rupees in the purchase and sale of sandstones used for the construction of monuments and gardens and other related works in Lucknow and Noida during the year 2007-2011. These monuments include Ambedkar Social Change Sthal, Kanshi Ram Memorial Sthal, Gautam Buddha Park, Eco Garden and Ambedkar Park in Noida. For this a budget of 42 billion 76 crore 83 lakh 43 thousand was allocated. Out of this, an amount of 41 billion 48 crore 54 lakh 80 thousand was spent. In the investigation of Lokayukta, the matter came to light that 34 percent of the total amount i.e. Rs 14 billion 10 crore 50 lakh 63 thousand 200 got lost due to corruption with the connivance of departmental ministers and officials.

Based on the report of the Lokayukta, an FIR was lodged at the Gomti Nagar police station on January 1, 2014. A charge sheet has been filed against 57 officers in this case on behalf of Vigilance. The genie of the matter can come out at any time. Naseemuddin Siddiqui and Babu Singh Kushwaha, two strong ministers of the SP regime, are under the scanner. The wires of the scam can reach the then Chief Minister.

Taj Corridor Scam: The genie of the Taj Corridor scam comes out again and again. In the year 2002, the then CM Mayawati launched a plan of 175 crores in the name of enhancing the beauty of the Taj. 17 crore was released without the permission of the Environment Ministry. In this project, it was said to build a corridor on a two kilometer route from Taj Mahal to Agra Fort. Shopping complex, amusement park and restaurant were proposed in this corridor. The matter of approving the plan without the permission of the Ministry of Environment reached the Supreme Court. In the year 2003, the Supreme Court ordered the CBI to investigate the matter. In 2007, the CBI had filed a charge sheet. There were allegations of fraud against Mayawati and Naseemuddin Siddiqui.

After Mayawati came to power in the year 2007, the then Governor TV Rajeshwar refused permission to prosecute the case. The hearing in the special CBI court was adjourned. Later the Supreme Court quashed the FIR. In 2013, the Supreme Court had given notice to Mayawati in this matter. At that time a bench of Justice HL Dattu and Justice Ranjan Gogoi had asked to study the matter. Later in the year 2017 also this matter was heated in the Supreme Court.

sugar mill scam In the year 2010-11, 21 government sugar mills were sold by the Mayawati government. At that time there was an allegation of scam of Rs 1100 crore by selling mills at throwaway prices. 10 operated and 11 closed sugar mills were sold by the BSP government. After the Yogi government came in the year 2017 in UP, an FIR was lodged at Gomti Nagar police station on 7 November 2017. Later it was taken over by Anti Corruption Branch of CBI Lucknow. The CBI has registered a regular case of cheating in seven sugar mills and under the Companies Act and other sections. At the same time, rigged PE was registered in 14 sugar mills.

In the year 2010-11, there were 35 sugar corporations, 28 sugar federations and 93 private sugar mills in the state. During the existence of the Sugar Corporation, the sugar mills were running at huge losses. In view of this, the Mayawati government decided to sell the mills. When the CAG report raised questions on the process of selling the mills, the Akhilesh government handed over the investigation to the Lokayukta. The Lokayukta found large-scale irregularities in the case. Action was recommended, but the inquiry report was shelved. During the time of Yogi government, there were 25 cooperative and 100 private sector sugar mills in existence. The Lokayukta report came out in the course of reviewing the matter. After this the case was handed over to the CBI after registering the case. This issue can also create problems for the BSP.

Now there is fear of ED too
In the old cases, now the fear is also of the ED. The power of ED has increased in the last days. The CBI was barred from entering their state by many state governments. No state government can ban ED. This is the reason that when ED’s action was taken against CM Mamata Banerjee’s minister Partha Chatterjee in West Bengal, silence was seen in the state. CM Mamta, who created a ruckus regarding the case of former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajiv Kumar, also remained silent in this matter. Actually, the state governments do not have any such law that they can stop the interference of the ED. This is the reason why ED actions have increased 5 times in the last 8 years. Armed with the power of money laundering provisions in corruption cases, the fear of ED has started haunting big politicians.

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