Mining scam: IAS B Chandrakala skip ED’s summon

Mining scam: IAS B Chandrakala skip ED’s summon

Agency News

Lucknow, Jan 24: Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer and former Hamirpur district Magistrate B Chandrakala, on Thursday gave a miss to the Enforcement Directorate(ED), who had sent summon to appear before them over the alleged mining scam during the previous Samajwadi party regime.

Instead of appearing in person before the ED at their Lucknow office, the IAS officer who is presently on study leave, sent her lawyer to hand over the required papers.

Chandrakala’s lawyer S Ahmed Saud told media persons here that he has submitted some papers and documents to the ED as per their demand.

“We have submitted the documents that ED had asked for and my client will be appearing in due course of time,” the lawyer said. Now, the ED will have to issue a fresh summon to the IAS officer for appearing before them.

ED had lodged a case against 11 people including the IAS officer and a Samajwadi Party MLC in connection with the alleged illegal mining scam. The probe agency had also issued summons to all the accused to appear before them for interrogation.

According to sources, the lawyer of the IAS, had submitted the papers related to the assets of Chandrakala as sought by the ED. In the first week of January, CBI, which was probing the illegal mining scam on the direction of the Allahabad High Court, had raided residences and other places of 11 accused including the IAS officer and the MLC.

Chandrakala is accused of flouting the rules and granting licenses for sand mining during her tenure as district magistrate of Hamirpur in 2012. (UNI)