ED registers money laundering case against Akhilesh Yadav
Lucknow: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a money laundering case against former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and others in connection with alleged illegal mining in the state.
The ED lodged the case on Thursday on the basis of the FIR registered by the premier probe agency CBI putting the role of mining ministers, including Yadav between 2012 and 2016 under the scanner.
Yadav was holding the mining portfolio in 2012-13 besides being the UP CM. As per the CBI sources, he had allegedly approved around 15 mining leases in a single day then.
The development comes days after the CBI registered a case on January 2nd against 11 people, including public servants and others, under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party had called the move as an attempt by the Modi Government at the centre to stall SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh for 2019 Lok Sabha elections.