In a new investigation into the Gomti Riverfront project in Uttar Pradesh, the CBI raids 40 locations

CBI multiple Raid

CBI multiple Raid

Individuals aware of the development said the CBI  initiated investigations from over 40 locations in Uttar Pradesh and a few other states on Monday after registering a new case to evaluate alleged irregularities in the Gomti Riverfront construction process, which was planned to launch by the then Samajwadi Party government in 2015 with Akhilesh Yadav as the chief minister.

This really is the second CBI investigation into the 1,600 crore project, which has been plagued by accusations of money laundering and failure to follow proper procedures before paying compensation. On the suggestion of the Uttar Pradesh government, the central agency filed the first case in December 2017.

On July 17, 2017, the Yogi Adityanath administration ordered a CBI investigation into the suspected "improprieties" after a committee established by it determined that barely 60% of the construction had already been completed notwithstanding a construction cost of Rs 1,435 crore (95 percent of the total cost). 

Many previous chief engineers, superintending engineers, additional engineers and government servants of the state irrigation department, private contractors and businesses have now been listed as defendants in the new case, according to the sources stated supra. 

Following the registration of the case, CBI officials swept in to raid the accused at 40 sites in 13 districts throughout the state, including Lucknow and Agra, as well as one spot all within West Bengal and Rajasthan



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