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Former UP govt official arrested in NRHM scam

lucknow Updated: Jan 08, 2012 00:00 IST
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The CBI on Saturday arrested a former official of a Uttar Pradesh government-owned public sector unit for his alleged involvement in the Rs 10,000 crore National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam.

Sources said the accused, GK Batra, former MD of Shreeton India, was arrested following a day-long intensive interrogation by agency sleuths.

The CBI has so far arrested five persons including former UP Small Industries Corporation md Abhay Kumar Bajpai, former UP Jal Board general manager PK Jain, former director general of family welfare SP Ram, and trader Saurabh Jain.

On Friday, agency sleuths had interrogated RR Bharti, former director general (family welfare), UP, in it's Delhi office and two businessmen — V Goyal and Neeraj Upadhyay — in Lucknow. Crucial evidence has emerged so far from the CBI's probe in the multi-crore scam.

"Various irregularities noticed during the investigation are being examined," a source said.

The agency has so far carried out inter-state searches at about 60 locations on January 4, including one at the residence of former Uttar Pradesh minister Babu Singh Kushwaha.

Kushwaha, one of SP's former OBC leader, was sacked by UP chief minister Mayawati following his alleged involvement in the scam. The former minister has now joined the BJP. On January 2, the CBI registered five cases against some government and private sector officials, including one against Kushwaha for the loss of about Rs 28 crore in implementing the scheme meant for 72 districts of UP.