Former deputy chief medical officer Dr YS Sachan was murdered, a judicial probe has concluded. But the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad high court is yet to say whether the case should be investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The former deputy chief medical officer (CMO) was found dead in the toilet of the district jail hospital on June 22. Arrested on charge of financial irregularities, Sachan was later named the key conspirator in the murder of CMO B P Singh. Sachan’s death occurred a day before he was to give a statement in court.The state government and the police said it was a case of suicide. But an investigation by chief judicial magistrate Rajesh Upadhyaya said it was a case of murder. The probe report was submitted to the court on Tuesday. A PIL moved by a local journalist demanded a CBI probe into the case.
The government contended that a fair probe cannot be expected from the CBI and suggested a special investigation team be formed and monitored by the court.
Additional advocate general JN Mathur and chief standing counsel DK Upadhyay told the bench the government was in favour of an independent investigation, but was apprehensive about giving its assent to a CBI investigation.
The bench comprising Justice Pradeep Kant and Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi directed the police to stop its investigation in the case. The court will pronounce its decision on July 14.
Ex-CMO held in NRHM scam
Former CMO Dr AK Shukla was arrested on Tuesday for his alleged involvement in the R3,000-crore National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam in UP. Shukla, who was the CMO, health, of Lucknow since 2007, was removed following the murder of CMO, family welfare, Dr BP Singh, in April 2011.
Investigation pointed to gross irregularities in the use of NRHM funds and a case was lodged against seven persons, including Shukla and former deputy CMO Dr YS Sachan. Shukla was the last one to be arrested.
Shukla told police he sent monthly reports to the state government regarding the expenditure of NRHM funds.
“A committee headed by the principal secretary, health and family welfare, reviewed the reports. Drugs and instruments were purchased with his approval too,” said a police officer investigating the scam.