CBI raids 110 places in major crackdown on graft

13 spots searched in Jammu and Kashmir
CBI raids 110 places in major crackdown on graft
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In a countrywide crackdown, the CBI on Tuesday raided 110 places across 19 states and Union Territories, in what is seen as the PM Modi government's biggest ever action against corruption.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registeredaround 30 separate cases relating to corruption, criminal misconduct and armssmuggling among others.

According to a senior agency official, the raids startedearly morning in various cities including Delhi, Bharatpur, Mumbai, Chandigarh,Jammu, Srinagar, Pune, Jaipur, Goa, Raipur, Hyderabad, Madurai, Kolkata,Rourkela, Ranchi, Bokaro, and Lucknow besides places in Uttar Pradesh,Uttarakhand, Odisha, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh,Karnataka and Bihar.

An agency official said here that the CBI carried out raidsat over 13 places in Jammu and Kashmir in connection with an arms license case."The CBI has carried out searches at 11 places in Jammu and one place each inUdhampur and Srinagar on gun shops in the state."

The official said that the agency's raids came after itfiled two cases on the request of the government over irregularities in issuinggun licences. He said that during searches incriminating documents withreference to issue and renewal of arms licences, blank application formssubmitted by licencees, money transactions of the gun dealers with thelicencees, blank no-objection certificates purportedly issued by the DistrictMagistrate and the arms licence issue register of the DM office have beenseized.

The official said that besides Jammu and Kashmir, the agencyalso carried out searches in connection with probe into the Himachal Pradeshscholarship scam to the tune of Rs 250 crore. The official said raids werecarried out at the premises of an educational institute NIELT in Kangra and itstraining centre in Chamba district of the state.

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