NRHM scam: Opp demands CBI probe in Verma`s death

Crying foul, opposition parties in UP demanded a CBI inquiry into the alleged suicide by key accused in the multi-crore NRHM scam Sunil Verma.

Updated: Jan 23, 2012, 20:16 PM IST

Lucknow/New Delhi: Crying foul, opposition
parties in UP on Monday demanded a CBI inquiry into the alleged
suicide by key accused in the multi-crore NRHM scam Sunil
Verma, the fourth mysterious death in the case.

"As the victim is related to the NRHM scam which is
being probed by the premier investigating agency which is also
carrying out raids, the CBI should probe whether it is a
suicide or not," Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh
said in Lucknow.

"It is most unfortunate and we have doubts over police
claims of suicide.... The scam is becoming murkier. We demand
CBI inquiry," he said.

Seeing a "sinister" pattern in deaths of scam-accused
persons in Uttar Pradesh, Congress spokesperson Abhishek
Singhvi said in Delhi, "It is extremely strange that in five
years rule in the Uttar Pradesh, we have seen so many
disappearances and deaths whenever any scam comes to fore.

This is ... much more than an incident."
UPCC president Rita Bahuguna Joshi also demanded CBI
probe into the alleged suicide.

Samajwadi Party spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary said the case
should also be brought in the ambit of the CBI inquiry .

"It is the fourth case and also indicates its
magnitude and seriousness. If the probe continues in the right
direction, it would reach the chief minister and her office,"
Chaudhary claimed.

The BJP chose to target the Congress wondering whether the
CBI was deliberatly not catching the "major political players"
in the case at the behest of the ruling party at the Centre.

"Who is protecting the big accused (in the scam). Why CBI
has not taken any action against major political players.

Congress has supported BSP and SP in the state to run
governments. Is it on Delhi`s directions that main accused are
being protected," BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad
told reporters in Delhi.

State BJP spokesman Vijay Pathak said that a high level
inquiry should be ordered into the death of Verma.