The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday conducted raids in the Amethi residence and office of former Samajwadi Party minister Gayatri Prajapati in connection with an illegal mining case.

The probe agency is conducting raids at 22 locations in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

The CBI team reached the former minister’s house in the morning and began the searches. The team is also interrogating his family members on matters related to unaccounted wealth.

Gayatri Prajapati is languishing in prison since March 2017 on charges of gangraping a woman. The woman had alleged that Prajapati had called her and her daughter to his residence on the pretext of giving a mining contract and he and his men had raped the two.

He is also accused of illegal mining in the state when he was Minister for Mining.

Prajapati’s bail application has been turned down twice by the High Court.