NRHM scam: SC notice to CBI on Pradeep Shukla's bail plea



New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday sought the CBI's response on an interim bail plea of senior IAS officer Pradeep Shukla, who has been named by the agency as a key accused in the multi-crore NRHM scam of Uttar Pradesh.

A vacation bench of justices Gyan Sudha Misra and Madan B Lokur gave the probe agency one week to respond to Shukla's plea for bail on medical grounds.

Shukla, who was formerly a principal secretary (Health and Family Welfare) in Uttar Pradesh, has been accused of committing irregularities in the implementation of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scheme in the state.

In his petition, Shukla has sought bail on account of some spinal problem he is suffering from.

The CBI is investigating the over Rs 500 crore scam and the trial in the case is being held on day-to-day basis.

The Allahabad High Court earlier on May 31 had rejected the bail plea of Shukla after the probe agency contended that he could influence the witnesses.

PTI