B Chandrakala, a 2008-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, had garnered a fan following across Uttar Pradesh and was often hailed as ‘lady singham’ or a ‘dabangg’ for being an anti-corruption crusader. Such was the stature of Chandrakala, now accused and raided in investigations of the illegal sand mining scam.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday, January 5 carried out raid at 12 locations in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, including the residence of Chandrakala in connection with illegal sand mining case.
According to the reports, Chadrakala, the district magistrate of Hamirpur during 2012-14, allegedly violated e-tender system of allotting mining contracts in her district. In criminal conspiracy, Chandrakala with other officials illegally granted fresh leases, renewed existing ones and permitted obstructed period to the existing lease holders in violation of e-tendering process initiated by the government.
B Bhandrakala Career
Chandrakala, who belongs to Banjara tribe, hails from the fertiliser city of Ramagundam in Peddapalli district. Daughter of a retired senior technician in the Fertiliser Corporation of India (FCI) in Telangana’s Ramagundam, Chandrakala is a graduate in Geography from Koti Women’s College under Osmania University in Hyderabad. Later, she pursued her post-graduation in Economics and cracked IAS in her first attempt in 2008.
Her husband A Ramulu works as a deputy executive engineer in Sriramsagar Project at Lower Manair Dam in Karimnagar town.
Chandrakala was allotted UP cadre. She had worked in Allahabad, Hamirpur, Mathura, Bulandshahr and Meerut, before being picked up by the NDA government as the director of Swachh Bharat Mission under Union ministry of drinking water and sanitation. In August 2017, she also received an award from UP CM Yogi Adityanath for her work in the Swachh Bharat Mission as the District Magistrate of Bijnor.
B Bhandrakala Photos and Video
Chandrakala has been hugely popular on social media. Her social media is filled with pictures and videos of her taking up every possible good cause like cleanliness campaigns, child rights, education and environment. She shot to fame in late 2014 when video of the woman IAS officer reprimanding erring civic official in UP’s Bulandshahr went viral on social media.
At present, Chandrakala has over 8.6 million followers on Facebook, more than former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav and the current UP CM Yogi Adityanath.