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CBI raids premises of former environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan

Jayanthi Natarajan was environment minister in the UPA-2 government from from July 2011 to December 2013. Photograph: (Zee News Network)

WION Web Team Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Sep 09, 2017, 12.33 PM (IST)

 India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday raided the premises of former environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan in Chennai over an alleged corruption case.

A police complaint against the former senior Congress leader was registered by the CBI for alleged abuse of official position and criminal conspiracy.

Jayanthi Natarajan was environment minister in the UPA-2 government from from July 2011 to December 2013.

The CBI has been investigating three complaints that she misused her position while in power, a media outlet reported citing sources.

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Electrosteel Casting Limited, its then managing director Umang Kejriwal and others have also been named in the First Information Report (FIR). At the time of filing the report, the CBI was conducting searches at five different locations - namely Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Ranchi and Odisha's Sundergarh in connection with the case.

Ms Natarajan, who was with the Congress for 30 years, quit the party in 2015 over differences with vice-president Rahul Gandhi who she accused of publicly criticising her decisions as environment minister while privately instructing her to protecting the environment.

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