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'Kingmaker' Mayawati faces probe in sugar mill case

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Even as UPA's met and Yadav to cement an anti-BJP front, the is zeroing in on the role of top BSP involved in the multi-crore sugar mill scam. Just a fortnight ago, CBI's branch of launched a probe into the controversial sale of state-owned sugar mills which were sold to private entrepreneurs for peanuts during Mayawati's tenure as UP

Sources revealed to IANS that the investigative agency has gathered sufficient documentary evidence to question the key functionaries of the government (2007-2012) for selling operational sugar mill plants at the cost of scrap. In its preliminary report, says top officials connived with private parties in committing "cheating and forgery."

In a swift move which surprised many political pundits in Lucknow, Secretary, government, Bhagwan Swarup wrote a letter on April 4 asking to immediately take over the investigation as the had sanctioned clearance for a probe into the fraudulent sale of 21 state sugar mills. The CBI examined the documents on April 9 and after a quick inquiry registered a case on April 25.

In the poll season, the CBI probe now seems to be a sword hanging over the heads of several BSP leaders including Mayawati, who is tipped to be one of the kingmakers in case the results of the elections show a fractured mandate.

Sources said the CBI investigation into the scam is divided into two parts. The first one deals with the private entrepreneurs who forged documents to purchase the sugar mills at a very low price while the second part focused on "irregularities committed with a criminal intent in the entire sale proceedings of 21 sugar mills by the UP State Sugar Corporation Ltd". The second part could be crucial for and her Satish Chandra Mishra, who was a key decision-maker in the BSP government.

However, BSP had earlier blamed its former minister, Nasimuddin Siddiqui, for taking a decision on selling sugar mills. Nasimuddin, once a very powerful functionary in the BSP regime, was sacked by Mayawati in 2017 for anti-party activities.



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First Published: Sat, May 18 2019. 20:26 IST