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Akhilesh cleared 13 mining leases on a single day: CBI



The Bahujan Samaj Party, the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party on Monday came out in support of Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav amid reports the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) may quiz him in an illegal mining case and accused the BJP-led NDA government of resorting to “vendetta politics”.

The possibility of the CBI questioning their party chief also irked the SP MPs in the Lok Sabha where they kicked up a ruckus and tore and flung papers at the Speaker’s desk.

Facing flak, CBI came out with details about the mining case in Uttar Pradesh with its officials claiming that the office of Yadav when he was the chief minister had cleared 13 projects in one single day.

The CBI claimed that Yadav, who also held the mining portfolio for some time, cleared 14 leases out of which 13 were approved on February 17, 2013, in violation of e-tendering process.

The CBI highlighted the role of Yadav after he accused the BJP government at the Centre of misusing the central probe agency for its political gains.

Ahead of a formal announcement of a pre-poll alliance with the SP, BSP chief Mayawati telephoned Yadav and extended her full support to him, telling him not to be shaken by any “gimmicks”.

“Do not be shaken by such gimmicks,” she told Yadav while dubbing any move by the CBI to quiz him as “political animosity” of the ruling BJP. The BSP chief also alleged that like the Congress, the BJP was “misusing” the government machinery to “trap” its opponents in false cases.

Yadav may face a CBI probe in a case of illegal mining, according to the agency FIR made public Saturday, the day the SP and the BSP indicated their intent to join hands in Uttar Pradesh to fight the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls. The agency had also carried out searches at 14 locations.


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