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CBI chargesheets 28 govt docs

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday filed chargesheets against 28 government doctors, two clerks, two contractors, a computer operator and a private medical practitioner in the multi-crore national rural health mission (NRHM) scam.

lucknow Updated: Sep 08, 2012 12:05 IST
HT Correspondent

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday filed chargesheets against 28 government doctors, two clerks, two contractors, a computer operator and a private medical practitioner in the multi-crore national rural health mission (NRHM) scam. Those chargesheeted include the then Lucknow chief medical officer AK Shukla and deputy CMO Dr YS Sachan who died under mysterious circumstances in the district jail last year.

The government doctors, contractors and clerks have been charged with embezzlement of NRHM funds to the tune of nearly Rs. 90 lakh.

Om Prakash Parida, ASP, CBI (anti- corruption), filed four separate chargesheets in the court of special judge, (CBI, anti- corruption) Rajendra Singh.

The CBI sleuths had probed the utilization of Rs. 3 crore under the NRHM by Lucknow district medical officers and had collected documents regarding the fraud of Rs. 90 lakh. The agency filed the chargesheet under Sections 120 B, 420, 467, 468, 471 of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 13 (2) and 13 (1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

The government doctors have been charged with withdrawing funds for hiring ambulances under NRHM on fake bills, withdrawing funds for payment to the manpower hired for NRHM proggramme on fake vouchers and committing irregularities in the blindness control programme. On July 27, 2011, the Lucknow bench of Allahabad high court had directed the CBI to probe the murder of chief medical officers Dr VK Arya and Dr BP Singh, as well as the NRHM scam in Lucknow district. The family welfare department officers registered two FIRs in Wazirganj police station in 2011, charging some medical officers with fraud in the NRHM programme and siphoning off government money. The CBI included both the FIRs into its probe on August 2, 2011.