CBI to probe Uttar Pradesh medical officers’ killings

July 27th, 2011 - 7:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, July 27 (IANS) The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court Wednesday ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the killings of two chief medical officers, and the alleged financial bungling in the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), a lawyer said.

A two-judge bench pronounced the order on a petition filed by NGO We the people.

The two CMOs (family welfare) — Vinod Arya and B.P. Singh — were shot dead in Lucknow in October 2010 and April 2011 respectively. The two killings are believed to be linked to the alleged large-scale financial irregularities in the NRHM programmes being run in Lucknow.

“The CBI will have to submit its report into the killings of the two CMOs and the alleged NRHM irregularities in Lucknow within three months,” petitioner’s counsel Prince Lenin told IANS.

The Mayawati government last week had already recommended a CBI inquiry into the two killings and anomalies in the NRHM finances in Lucknow.

Award of huge contracts for supply of goods and equipment under the centrally-funded NRHM and large-scale financial bungling are believed to be the cause behind the murders of Arya and Singh, as also the mysterious death of deputy chief medical officer Y.S. Sachan in a Lucknow jail.

Sachan was arrested on charges of committing financial irregularities in NRHM projects. He was found dead under mysterious circumstances June 22 in a Lucknow jail hospital’s toilet.

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