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Former Union Minister Jayanthi Natrajan faces CBI FIR for 'abuse of office'
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday lodged an FIR against former Union Minister Jayanthi Natrajan following its raid on her Chennai residence in connection with clearance given during her tenure for diversion of forest land for mining in alleged violation of laws.

She has been booked under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Natrajan, who served as the Minister of State for Environment and forests (Independent Charge), had quit the Congress party in January 2015 accusing Rahul Gandhi of 'interfering with decision & policy making' during her tenure as the Minister in the UPA II government.

Besides that, the CBI has also filed two cases against unidentified officials of the Environment Ministry, Jindal Steel and Power Limited and JSW Steel Limited in an alleged diversion of forests in Jharkhand when Jayanthi was the Minister in the Environment Ministry.

According to media reports, a probe is already being carried out by the CBI against the concerned officials in the same case. One more case has been registered against Umang Kejriwal, the then managing director of Electrosteel Casting Limited and the company.

The FIR registered by the CBI stated, "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."

Earlier in 2015, the CBI had said that Natrajan may be questioned since the alleged 'violation of environmental laws' took place during her tenure as the Minister.

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