CBI seeks report from Lucknow Police on suicide

CBI on Monday sought a report from Lucknow Police on the alleged suicide by Sunil Verma.

New Delhi: CBI on Monday sought a report from
Lucknow Police on the alleged suicide by Sunil Verma, a key
accused in NRHM case who is believed to have carried "vital
information" even as it continued questioning of senior
officials as part of its probe into the scam.

Verma, who was allegedly a key link between accused former
Uttar Pradesh Family Welfare Minister Babu Singh Kushwaha and
other actors in the scam, could have spilled beans about the
nearly Rs 5,000 crore scam, sources in the agency said.

He carried vital information about fund utilisation of
the project, they said.

A National Rural Health Mission Project Engineer with UP
Jal Nigam subsidiary Construction and Design Services, 52-year
Verma allegedly shot himself with his licensed revolver this
morning at his Lucknow residence, making it fourth mysterious
death in the case.

He was named as an accused by the agency in a case of
alleged irregularities in the upgradation of 134 hospitals in
Uttar Pradesh and his residence was searched on January 4 but
he was not called for questioning so far.

In the wake of the mysterious death of Verma, the CBI has
sought report from Lucknow Police about the incident.

Verma had been under depression after the CBI searches at
his residence, family sources said.

The alleged suicide of Verma sent CBI officials in a tizzy
and they refused to reveal the identity of officials being
questioned in the case.

Continuing the questioning of officials at its
headquarters here today, the CBI grilled two senior officials
each of UP Jal Nigam and UP Small Industries Corporation, the
sources said without disclosing any names.