CBI Summons Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday Regarding Illegal Sand Mining Case

According to officials, the CBI has issued a summons requesting the party chief to attend on February 29. The notice under section 160 of the CrP allows a police officer to call witnesses for an investigation. “He is not being accused; he is considered a witness,” a senior official told PTI.

Party insiders additionally revealed that the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister has a prior commitment to attend a meeting of PDA (Picchda, Dalit, and Alpsankhyak) at the party office and presently has no intentions to travel elsewhere. Rajpal Kashyap, the state president of the Samajwadi Party’s backward wing, stated, “Akhileshji will be present at the PDA meeting held at the party office today,” as reported by PTI.

Samajwadi Party spokesperson Rajendra Chowdhury said, “He is not going anywhere. He will be attending a meeting in Lucknow,” reported PTI. He added, “I don’t have detailed information… But it is sure, he is not going to Delhi today,” over CBI summons.

The Allahabad High Court had mandated an investigation into the issuance of mining leases, purportedly in contravention of the e-tendering process. Allegations suggest that public officials, during Akhilesh Yadav’s tenure as chief minister, allowed illegal mining activities between 2012 and 2016. Additionally, they are accused of unlawfully renewing licenses despite a ban on mining imposed by the National Green Tribunal.

The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister slammed the BJP while reacting to the issued notice in the cases registered in 2019. He said, “The SP is on the maximum target (of the BJP). In 2019, I got a notice in some matters as there were Lok Sabha elections then. Now when the election is approaching again, I am getting a notice again,” reported PTI.

Cheging at BJP, he further added, “I know, when the election comes, notice will also come. Why this nervousness? If you (BJP) have done much work in the past 10 years, why are you nervous?” 

Source: PTI

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