NRHM scam: CBI registers cases against two officials

August 4th, 2011 - 11:45 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi/Lucknow, Aug 4 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered cases against Lucknow’s former chief medical officer A.K Shukla and deputy chief medical officer Y.S. Sachan, who was found hanging in a toilet of Lucknow jail June 22, in the multi-crore National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam.

The funds allotted for NRHM were rampantly misused by Shukla and Sachan, along with some officials of district administrative office and senior clerks in connivance with contractors and firms, by way of making fraudulent reimbursement claims relating to hiring of vehicles and purchase of medicine, CBI official said Thursday.

“The accused have been charged Wednesday with cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy and under the Prevention of Corruption Act,” said a CBI official.

Sachan was arrested on charges of embezzling funds relating to the NHRM and was named as the key conspirator in the murder of chief medical officer B.P Singh on April 2.

Although police and the government claimed that Sachan committed suicide but a judicial probe team concluded that it was prima facie a murder case.

On July 27 the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court directed the CBI to probe the murder of Sachan and investigate the irregularities in implementation of the NRHM within three months.

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