CBI arrests former UP govt official in NRHM scam

CBI arrested a former official of a UP govt-owned public sector unit for his alleged involvement in the Rs 10,000 crore NRHM scam.

Lucknow: CBI on Saturday arrested a former official
of a Uttar Pradesh Government-owned public sector unit for his
alleged involvement in the Rs 10,000 crore National Rural
Health Mission (NRHM) scam.

Sources said the accused, G K Batra, former Managing
Director of M/s Shreeton India, was arrested following ay-long
intensive interrogation by agency sleuths.

CBI has so far arrested five persons including former UP
Small Industries Corporation Managing Director Abhay Kumar
Bajpai, former UP Jal Board General Manager P K Jain, former
Director General, Family Welfare, S P Ram and trader Saurabh
Jain in the case.
The agency sleuths has yesterday interrogated R R Bharti,
former Director General (Family Welfare), Uttar Pradesh in the
agency`s Delhi office and two businessmen -- V Goyal and
Neeraj Upadhyay -- in Lucknow.

They said crucial evidence has emerged so far from its
ongoing investigation in the multi-crore scam.

"Various irregularities noticed during the investigation
were being examined," a source said.

The agency had carried out inter-state searches at about
60 locations on January 4, including at the residence of
former Uttar Pradesh minister Babu Singh Kushwaha, to probe
alleged irregularities.
Kushwaha, a BSP OBC leader of the state, was sacked by
UP Chief Minister Mayawati following his alleged involvement
in the multi-crore scam and he has now joined BJP.

CBI had registered five cases on January 2 against
certain government and private sector officials, including one
against Kushwaha alleging loss of about Rs 28 crore in
implementing the Centrally-sponsored scheme meant for 72
districts of UP.

NRHM funds to the tune of about Rs 10,000 crore were
allocated to UP for the period 2005-06 till date by the Union
Health and Family Welfare Ministry.

PTI

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