It’s a big setback for ex-UPA minister Jayanthi Natarajan. In a major development, CBI officials on Saturday conducted raids at Chennai residence of former UPA minister Jayanthi Natarajan. She held environment ministry portfolio in UPA regime. The raid move comes after CBI filed case against the former environment minister. Reportedly, CBI has filed a case against ex-Congress leader Jayanthi Natarajan for abusing official position, as per a report in Times Now. News agency PTI also confirmed that CBI carried out searches on the premises of former environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan in Chennai. Here is all you need to know:-
1- The CBI today carried out searches at the premises of former Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan after registering an FIR against her in connection with clearance given during her tenure for diversion of forest land for mining in alleged violation of laws.
2- The agency has registered its FIR against Natarajan, Umang Kejriwal, the then managing director of Electrosteel Casting Limited, and the company besides other unidentified persons.
3- The case pertains to clearance given for diversion of forest land in Saranda Forest, Singhbhum District in Jharkhand to mining company Electrosteel in alleged violation of Forest (Conservation Act) in 2012. The permission was rejected by the Minister of State for Environment Jairam Ramesh but when Natarajan took the post, she allegedly cleared it.
4- “Jayanthi Natarajan, the then Minister of State for Environment and Forests accorded the approval for diversion of 55.79 hectares of forest land for non-forestry use to ECL, though the same had been rejected by the earlier Minister of State…without any change in the circumstances after rejection,” the CBI FIR alleged.
5- It said this approval had been accorded without adhering to the advice of Director General Forests and directions of Supreme Court in this regard.