Hyderabad: Uttar Pradesh IAS officer Ms Bhukya Chandrakala Niru, whose property the CBI raided in connection with an alleged sand-mining scam, had been a student of Koti Women’s College in the city.
Popular known as “Lady Dabang”, Ms Chandrakala, 40, was born in Garjanapalli of Yellareddy mandal in Karimnagar district. Her father B. Kishan is a retired senior technician with the Fertiliser Corporation of India in Ramagundam.
Ms Chandrakala has come under the CBI scanner for allegedly bypassing rules while granting sand mining licences during her tenure as district magistrate of Hamirpur during the Samajwadi Party government in 2012.
The family lived for several years at the FCI Colony. Her mother, Ms B. Lakshmi, reportedly still lives in the colony.
The 2008-batch, UP-cadre IAS officer did her schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya at Ramagundam. She moved to Hyderabad for her graduation. She was in her second year of BA in Geography when she married Mr A. Ramulu, an executive engineer of Ramsagar project. After completing her Master’s in Economics through distance education from Osmania University, she sat for the civil service examinations, securing 409th rank. She shot to fame in 2017 when videos surfaced of her reprimanding an erring civic official for negligence in UP. She again won plaudits for pulling up a government teacher for poor teaching skills and administrative misconduct. She was popular for her functioning as a collector. She also became popular on social media for warning road contractors against indulging in corruption in the laying of roads. Her verified Twitter account has close to nine lakh followers and she also has fan pages.
CBI sleuths on Saturday carried out fresh raids at 12 locations across Jalaun, Hamirpur, Lucknow and other districts and in the national capital on instructions from the Allahabad High Court. According to reports, an 11-member CBI team raided Ms Niru’s residence in Lucknow and seized several important documents.
Her family once owned a rice mill but shut it down a few year ago. No raids were carried out in Telangana.
The agency also conducted raids at the residences of BSP leader Satyadev Dikshit and SP MLC Ramesh Mishra in Hamirpur, reports said....