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ED raids 6 locations in Lucknow in ‘memorial scam’ case

Prime News, Nation, (Lucknow), January 31:-The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday conducted raids at 6 locations in Lucknow in connection with Rs 1,400 crore alleged scam related to building various memorial during the BSP rule between 2007 to 2012.

Earlier, the Allahabad High Court had sought the progress report of a vigilance probe into the alleged multi-crore scam in the building of monuments and parks when Mayawati was the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister.

According to officials, many bureaucrats are also on radar of the ED as the searches are underway. The house of then MD of UP Nirman Nigam CP Singh in Lucknow was searched by the officials along with places of officers and contractors involved in the alleged scam.

The UP Lokayukta had indicted former ministers Naseemuddin Siddiqui and Babu Singh Kushwaha along with 197 others for ‘wrong-doings’ in the purchase of sandstone for Dalit memorials in Lucknow and Noida during Mayawati’s regime from 2007 to 2012.

Lokayukta NK Mehrotra, who handed over his 88-page report to former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, had, however, exonerated BSF chief Mayawati for lack of evidence and said there was no proof against her or any bureaucrat.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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