Central Bureau of Investigation has informed the Supreme Court that it has registered so far FIRs against 2,000 accused in the Uttar Pradesh foodgrain scam.
This is the highest number of accused registered in a single case.
The CBI has been handed over the investigation of about Rs 2 lakh crore scam under which the foodgrains meant for weaker sections of society to be distributed through Public Distribution System (PDS) network has been diverted to be sold in black market.
Top politicians, including Vinod Kumar Singh, a minister in Akhilesh Yadav government, his two brothers and former SP MLA Om Prakash Gupta are under the CBI scanner.
Petitioner Vishwanath Chaturvedi has alleged that there has been a large scale diversion of PDS foodgrains to black market through the nexus between politicians, bureaucrats and commission agents to deprieve the poor of foodgrains at subsidised rates.
The investigating agency has conducted raids and investigations so far in five cases only.
The petitioner contended that the main scam took place during the regime of Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav.