NRHM scam: Rs 5cr worth properties unearthed

Last Updated: Friday, January 20, 2012 - 20:47

New Delhi: CBI searches at the residence of a Nehru Yuva Kendra employee, who was allegedly working as a conduit of former UP Health Secretary Pradeep Shukla in the NRHM scam, have led to recovery of seven property documents worth Rs five crore and Rs 75 cash in various bank accounts.
Searches carried out at 40 locations across Uttar Pradesh
yesterday by the probe agency led to recovery of important
documents related to the alleged irregularities in utilisation
of about Rs 10,000 crore of central funds allocated under the
the National Rural Health Mission scheme, CBI sources said.

The CBI came to know during the questioning of various
suspects that Shukla was allegedly working through a number of
middlemen with one being D K Singh, a central government
employee at Nehru Yuva Kendra in Lucknow, they said.

The agency team searched the residence of Singh which led
to recovery of properties worth Rs five crore, cash 75 lakh,
documents of a farm house, lockers and 12.5 kg of silver
utensils worth over Rs 6.5 lakh, they said.

Some more arrests in the cases related to NRHM scam may
take place, they said.

During the searches at the posh Butler-palace residence
of Shukla, CBI has also recovered documents of a commercial
property owned by him which is not permissible as per the
Central government rules, they claimed.

Shukla may be questioned next week in connection with the
recoveries and implementation of NRHM schemes during his
tenure, they said.
Searches at the residence of Bhukesh Kumar, MD of
Construction and Design Services of UP Jal Nigam in Lucknow,
have led to recovery of Rs 3.5 lakh and one locker.

Similarly, 400 grams of gold were seized from the
residence of Chief Engineer of PACCFED, M M Tripathi.

CBI also recovered cash worth Rs 6.25 lakh from the
residence of a senior official of UP Project Corporation
Limited Project Director M K Jain in Muzzafarnagar, the
sources said.

The probe agency had carried out searches yesterday in
connection with the NRHM scam and registered three new cases
for alleged fudging of funds in NRHM projects, they said.

The total cost of projects, in which these three cases
have been registered, is over Rs 250 crore and mainly deal
with the construction and upgradation works in hospitals
across Uttar Pradesh.

CBI has so far registered eight cases arising out of five
preliminary inquiries initiated by it on the direction of the
Allahabad High Court and more cases are likely to be
registered. The agency has so far arrested eight persons in
connection with the NRHM scam.

The Allahabad High Court had on December 15 last year
directed the CBI to conduct preliminary enquiry into the
scam and asked the agency to complete the inquiry in four
months.

PTI



First Published: Friday, January 20, 2012 - 20:47

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