New Delhi: CBI Thursday summoned some officials
of Uttar Pradesh for questioning in connection with alleged irregularities in utilising Rs 10,000 crore funds allocated under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and was likely
to place some of them under arrest.
The officials included P K Jain, former General Manager
of Construction and Design Services (C and DS), a unit of
Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam, in Lucknow, official sources said.
CBI had claimed to have recovered three kgs of gold and cash Rs 1.10 crore among some other important documents during search operations conducted at the residence of Jain.
Besides Jain, former Director General of Family Welfare
Department S P Ram was among the senior officials called for
questioning by the CBI, the sources said.
The questioning follows a day after the agency carried
out inter-state searches at about 60 locations, including the
residence of former UP Minister Babu Singh Kushwaha, to probe
The agency had registered five cases on January two
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 Uttar Pradesh.
Kushwaha, a BSP OBC leader of the State, was sacked by
Mayawati and expelled from the party in November following his
alleged involvement in the multi-crore scam.
The NRHM funds to the tune of about Rs 10,000 crore were
allocated to Uttar Pradesh for the period 2005-06 till date by
the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry.