As per reports, the Enforcement Directorate is conducting raids at multiple locations in Lucknow in connection with the Rs. 1400 crore Memorial Scam under the Mayawati Government in Uttar Pradesh.
Enforcement Directorate is conducting raids at 6 locations in Lucknow in connection with Rs 1400 Crore memorial scam. Visuals from Gomti Nagar and Hazratganj area. pic.twitter.com/JVwtIzpU3R
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In September last year, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court had ordered that no guilty be spared in the alleged scam. The Mayawati government had constructed statues of Dalit leaders across the state between 2002 and 2007 and it was alleged that crores and crores of money were syphoned off as a consequence of corruption.
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As per reports, the raids were conducted on contractors and project engineers involved with the project. Earlier, the ED had registered a case of Rs. 111 crore loss to the state.
BIG BRK: ED begins raids on contractors & project engineers who were allegedly involved in Smaraks & buildings constructed during Mayawati regime in Lucknow, other parts of UP @timesofindia
ED had registered a case of Rs 111 cr loss to state following probe by vigilance dept
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Earlier, it was reported that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is registered an FIR of money laundering in connection with illegal sand mining cases to probe the alleged roles of SP supremo Akhilesh Yadav and his former cabinet colleague Gayatri Prajapati.
The Opposition is expected to allege political vendetta following today’s raids by the ED in connection with an alleged scam that is linked to BSP supremo Mayawati. The SP and the BSP had recently announced their alliance in Uttar Pradesh for the 2019 General Elections. The alliance is expected to cause a significant dent BJP’s electoral prospects in the state.
Akhilesh, after raids were conducted in connection with the illegal mining case by the CBI, had warned the BJP that the ‘CBI raid culture’ the BJP has started will someday come to haunt them. CBI sources were reported as saying that during Akhilesh Yadav’s tenure as mining minister, 14 leases were granted in Hamirpur without e-tenders in violation of an Allahabad High Court order.