CBI raids offices & residences of BSP MLA's brother, 3 others

Lucknow: CBI on Thursday conducted raids in offices and residences of four entrepreneurs, including a BSP MLA's brother, for alleged irregularities in coal trade in Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi district.

"The CBI conducted searches at Fortico marketing of Anil Agarwal, Sriram Fuel of Sunil Singh, Swastik Cement of Prakash Tulsian, Dolia coke and Jai Durga enterprise of Ratan Singh in Varanasi," special DG (Law and Order) Brijlal told reporters here.

Sriram Fuel owner Sunil Singh is the brother of BSP MLA Sushil Singh. He is also a relative of jailed mafia Brijesh Singh.

"The searches were conducted as these enterprises were violating civil supply agreement for coal linkages through which they get cheap coal. They used to sell the coal in the market for other purposes," Brijlal said.

Meanwhile, a government spokesperson said BSP has nothing to do with the coal trade or the CBI raids.

"One of (Sushil Kumar) Singh's relative run a coal company in the name of Shri Ram Fuel Company which receives its coal supply through National Coal Limited," he said. On the basis of a complaint lodged by National Coal Limited regarding business activities of Shri Ram Fuel Coal Private Limited, the raid was carried out.

The CBI has issued a warrant against Sunil Singh, operator of the company formed in 2004.