CBI books Shukla, Sachan in NRHM scam

CBI has booked former CMO of Lucknow AK Shukla and former Deputy CMO YS Sachan, who recently died inside Lucknow district prison under mysterious circumstances, in the multi-crore National Rural Health Mission scam.

New Delhi: CBI has booked former Chief Medical Officer of Lucknow AK Shukla and former Deputy CMO YS Sachan, who recently died inside Lucknow district prison under mysterious circumstances, in the multi-crore National Rural Health Mission scam.

The agency has filed two cases in the scam as it found
leads which indicate that huge financial bungling was
allegedly committed by the UP Health Department officials in
connivance with the contractors, CBI sources said.
The CBI has alleged in the FIRs that officials
in-charge of funds from the Centre under the NRHM allegedly
acted hand-in-gloves with the contractors to create fraudulent
reimbursement bills in the names of hiring of vehicles and
medicine purchases to withdraw funds for personal gains,
agency sources said.

The agency has accused the then CMO A K Shukla, Deputy
CMO Sachan, District Administrative Office C J Yadav and clerk
P C Verma of cheating, criminal conspiracy, forgery among
other charges under Prevention of Corruption Act, they said.

The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court had on July
27 directed the CBI to probe the murders of the two CMOs and
also irregularities in implementation of the National Rural
Health Mission (NRHM) within three months.

The order was passed by justices Pradeep Kant and Ritu
Raj Awasthi after the Mayawati government had recommended a
CBI probe into the deaths of the CMOs.

Sources said the agency has found crucial leads
linking the murders of two Chief Medical Officers Vinod Kumar
Arya and B P Singh in Lucknow with the alleged bungling of
funds in the National Rural Health Mission.
With the registration of cases, CBI will now be
seeking custody of Shukla and other accused in the case, the
sources said.

The then Lucknow CMO Arya was shot dead in October
last year while his successor B P Singh was killed on April 2
this year in the posh Gomti Nagar area.

Sachan, who was a suspect and alleged conspirator in
Singh`s killing, was found dead under mysterious circumstances
inside Lucknow district jail on June 22. The CBI has already
registered cases of these murders.

Lucknow Police has also suspected the role of Sachan
in the NRHM scam and was going to arrest him but he was found
dead in the jail a day before that. The Police has already
arrested the then CMO A K Shukla in the NRHM scam.

PTI

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