Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Congress Thursday
demanded a CBI probe into the alleged irregularities in mining of sand and stone in the state which it said could prove to be
of bigger magnitude than in Karnataka`s Bellary.
"Illegal mining of sand and stone is going on unhindered
in Uttar Pradesh under the patronage of senior officials and
ministers who are its direct beneficiaries," Congress
spokesman Dwijendra Tripathi alleged, demanding a CBI probe in
"Goonda tax worth lakhs of rupees is being collected
from each vehicle which ferries sand, stone and other such
material on a daily basis and its maximum share goes to those
occupying the topmost positions," Tripathi said, claiming that
this scam is a bigger one than the one involving Bellary`s Reddy brothers in Karnataka.
Tripathi said certain comments against the chief
minister in the Wikileaks cables have cast a shadow on the
image of the state at international level and it is imperative
for the government to come out clean by ordering a CBI inquiry
into the alleged mining scam.
He also demanded a CBI probe into the land acquisition
in Nodia and for the Yamuna expressway.