NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday performed raids at over 40 locations in connection with its processing investigation into the supposed irregularities in the Gomti River Front Development Project initiated by the previous Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh.
News agency ANI detailed that the CBI raids are happening in Ghaziabad, Lucknow, Agra in Uttar Pradesh in connection with the Gomti riverfront project.
Thus , Sources said that the raids are also being performed in Rajasthan and West Bengal in connection with the case. The operation, which began early in the morning, is ongoing and it may be extended during the course of the day, the officials said.
As per the officials, the central investigating agency has also enlisted a fresh case in the Gomti riverfront development project case regarding supposed financial irregularities.
The officials stated that a large number of engineers of the Uttar Pradesh government and other officials, around 189 of them have been made alleged in the FIR.
This is the second FIR concerned to the project by the Central Bureau of Investigation. Among the defamed, 173 are private persons and 16 are govt officials, including 3 Chief Engineers and 6 Assistant Engineers.
The CBI is investigating the supposed irregularities in Rs 1,400 crore Gomti riverfront development project, which was inaugurated by the former Samajwadi Party government driven by Akhilesh Yadav in 2015.
The CBI raids have come several months before the 2022 UP assembly polls during which the Samajwadi Party, under Akhilesh Yadav, the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party, and the Congress, among others, will try to grab the state from the BJP.