India, July 10 -- The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday registered two fresh cases, naming former Uttar Pradesh minister minister Gayatri Prajapati and four Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers among 16 people as suspects, in connection with the alleged illegal mining of sand when the Samajwadi Party (SP) ruled the state.

CBI spokesperson RK Gaur said the agency conducted searches at 12 locations in Uttar Pradesh, including Bulandshahr, Lucknow, Fatehpur, Azamgarh, Allahabad, Noida, Gorakhpur and Deoria on Wednesday.

All the four IAS officers - then principal secretary Jiwesh Nandan, special secretary Santosh Kumar, then district magistrates Abhay Singh and Vivek - have been accused of renewing mining leases of ...