Bail plea of NRHM scam suspect dismissed



New Delhi: A private firm owner, fearing arrest by the CBI for his suspected involvement in the Uttar Pradesh's National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam, has been denied anticipatory bail by a Delhi court.

Special Judge Talwant Singh rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Delhi-based firm Surya Tej Earth Movers' Director Sumit Tandon, who had approached the court fearing that the CBI was looking for him and his brother-in-law Sachin Kohli, suspecting them to be involved in the scam.

The court rejected Tandon's plea saying that it was not a fit case for anticipatory bail at this juncture.

"Keeping in view the seriousness and nature of allegations where huge funds of government were mis-appropriated and the government was cheated in NRHM scheme and the accused had neither joined investigation nor he is supplying necessary documents, this is not a fit case to grant anticipatory bail," the judge said.

The court, in its order pronounced on March 22, also pointed out that it lacks territorial jurisdiction as the case is being adjudicated by the Ghaziabad special CBI court.

The agency earlier had filed charge sheet before the Ghaziabad special CBI court against former UP bureaucrat P K Jain and several others for the alleged irregularities, committed by them in utilising funds allocated under the NRHM scheme.

All those named in the charge sheet are at present in the judicial custody. The CBI has filed 13 cases to probe alleged irregularities in utilising Rs 10,000 crore funds allocated under the centrally-sponsored NRHM to UP.

PTI