CBI court grants conditional bail to four accused in NRHM “scam”

CBI court grants conditional bail to four accused in NRHM "scam"
CBI court grants conditional bail to four accused in NRHM “scam”

Four accused in an alleged scam involving the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) were granted conditional bail by a CBI court here today, while the decision to grant bail to a former chief secretary of the Uttar Pradesh health department was reserved till tomorrow.

Senior public prosecutor of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) B K Singh said bail applications were filed by Pradeep Shukla, former chief secretary of the UP health department, Chandra Bhan Prasad, Ram Narayan Rawat, Rajendra Prasad and Sanket Verma.

After hearing the arguments of the defence counsels, Special CBI Magistrate Pawan Kumar granted conditional bail to four of the accused, except Shukla.

While granting bail to the four, the magistrate also imposed a condition that they would have to deposit an amount of Rs 22 lakh within four weeks, failing which their bail would be cancelled.

Nine bureaucrats and politicians were allegedly involved in the “scam”. They allegedly siphoned off Rs 1,97,75,000 in the 2009-2010 financial year. A non-registered firm was given an order to upgrade hospitals, without floating tender notices, Singh said.

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SC refuses to entertain plea of ex-UP minister in NRHM scam

SC refuses to entertain plea of ex-UP minister in NRHM scam
SC refuses to entertain plea of ex-UP minister in NRHM scam

The Supreme Court today refused to entertain a plea of former UP cabinet minister Babu Singh Kushwaha against a trial court order taking congnisance of a charge sheet in one of the multi-crore rupees NRHM scam cases.

A bench comprising Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer asked Kushwaha to approach the special CBI court in Ghaziabad, which has issued an arrest warrant against him.

Earlier, the Allahabad High Court had also rejected his plea and asked him to appear before the trial court.

He had alleged that the chargesheet should be quashed, as the police did not take any prior permission from the state government before filing it. Kushwaha is currently on bail.

CBI has filed several cases relating to the siphoning off of funds meant for the National Rural Health Mission in the state.

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NRHM scam:CBI court issues warrant against ex-minister, parents

NRHM scam:CBI court issues warrant against ex-minister, parents
NRHM scam:CBI court issues warrant against ex-minister, parents

A special CBI court today issued non-bailable warrant against former minister Anant Kumar Mishra and his parents in connection with National Rural Health Mission scam.

CBI had filed a charge sheet in a case against former health minister Mishra alias Antu Mishra and his parents Dinesh and Vimla, sources said.

The court today issued the warrant against the trio.

The court also issued non-bailable warrant against former Azamgarh chief medical officer K M Agarwal and two others in a separate case in which CBI had earlier filed charge sheet.

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High Court dismisses petitions filed by NRHM accused

Petitions filed by former Uttar Pradesh minister Babu Singh Kushwaha dismissed by the Allahabad High Court, senior IAS officer Pradeep Shukla and two other accused in the multi-crore NRHM scam.

They had challenged the chargesheet filed against them by the CBI in connection with the case. Justice Sunil Hali dismissed the petitions observing “it cannot be said that the material facts disclosed in the chargesheet do not disclose commission of cognizable offence” and “I do not find any reason to interfere at this stage to quash the proceedings pending against the accused applicants”.

Besides Kushwaha, who was a cabinet minister in the previous Mayawati government in the state and Shukla who was the then Principal Secretary (Medical and Health), those who had moved the court were former Managing Director of Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited Devendar Mohan (now retired) and the then GM of the power corporation Ravindra Rai.

The court also underscored the need for disposing of the case “expeditiously” by “putting it on fast track” and issued a direction to the Chief Secretary “for considering the constitution of special courts” to decide matters “where large scale misappropriation of government funds is alleged”.

“Decision in this regard be taken by the government after examining a number of cases which are pending before the CBI court at Ghaziabad. Let this decision be taken within a period of three months from the date a certified copy of this order is received,” the court mentioned.

NRHM scam: Court asks UP to explain delay

Allahabad High Court on Thursday summoned the Uttar Pradesh Principal Health Secretary to explain the delay in allowing the CBI to prosecute officials accused in the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam.

The Lucknow bench of the court asked Principal Secretary, Health, Sanjay Agarwal to appear before it by 2 pm and explain the delay.

The court also rapped the CBI for verbally informing it about the investigation and gave the agency 48 hours to file a written affidavit on the progress of probe.

It also told the agency to wrap up the probe in 20 days.

The CBI had sent a request letter to the Uttar Pradesh government on May 23 seeking prosecution of 22 doctors and IAS officer Pradeep Shukla in the scam.

But the files since then have been shuttling between the health and the law department.

Proximity of the accused to political masters was the stumbling block, official sources said.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had on Wednesday said that “some innocent people have been charged in the scam”.

This had led to the speculation that the state government was unwilling to give CBI the green signal.

Corruption cases continue to haunt Mayawati

Mayawati,Bahajun Samaj Party(BSP) supremo and former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh (UP) may have got relief in the disproportionate assets (DA) case from the Supreme Court but corruption cases will continue to chase her.

While the 2003 Taj Heritage Corridor Scam is still pending in the Allahabad high court, her name is also being taken in the anomalies in construction of dalit memorials in the state during her rule and in the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam. Significantly, the DA case had come out during investigation for Taj Heritage Corridor case. Though DA case has been quashed, the next hearing of the Taj Heritage Corridor scam is scheduled before a bench of Justices Imtiyaz Murtaza and SC Chaurasia on July 10.

 In 2002, the Supreme Court had ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate the Taj Heritage Corridor case on a petition. She was accused of swindling Rs 17 crore that was meant to develop and upgrade the area and tourist facilities near the Taj Mahal. The project was then cancelled for environmental reasons.

 In 2003, while investigating the Taj case, the CBI filed the DA case against her. She was accused of misusing her term as the chief minister for personal gain. Mayawati took plea that they money she has was ‘gift’ and ‘donations’ from party workers. The investigations in Taj corridor case also continued. The CBI filed a chargesheet against Mayawati, her close aide and former minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui, former principal secretary of environment RK Sharma and former environment secretary Rajendra Prasad under IPC sections 420, 467, 468 and 471 before a special CBI court in 2007. Bureaucrat PL Punia, who was close to Mayawati in 2003, was also named by the CBI but he turned approver and after retirement from the services joined Congress and won Lok Sabha election from Barabanki in 2009. The CBI court denied to admit the chargesheet against Mayawati because then UP governor TV Rajeswar, appointed by the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, refused permission to the CBI to prosecute Mayawati, saying that there wasn’t enough evidence. The CBI approached Supreme Court against governor’s decision but its plea was rejected. The case was closed but in 2009 a fresh public interest litigation was filed in the Allahabad high court seeking prosecution of bigwigs allegedly involved in the scam.

 The CBI is also looking for legal remedies in the DA case. The Supreme Court, in its verdict on Friday, said that the CBI exceeded its jurisdiction in filing a DA case against BSP supremo as in 2003 it was instructed to go ahead only with the Taj case. However, the CBI says that the apex court on October 25, 2004 had delinked the two cases and asked the agency to proceed with the investigations.

 Now using the 2004 order, the CBI may file a review petition. The agency is also probing the role of BSP chief in over Rs 5000 crore NRHM scam in the state during her rule.

 On the other hand, the SP government in UP is contemplating to refer the multi-crore scam in implementation of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) in the state to the CBI. SP leader and urban development minister Azam Khan has written to chief minister Akhilesh Yadav that JNNURM scam is bigger than NRHM scam and requires a thorough probe by the CBI. The complaints of anomalies in construction of dalit memorials in Lucknow and Noida during the BSP rule has already been referred to the Lokayukta by the SP government. Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh has asked UP government to refer CBI inquiry into the scam in implemenation of MNERGA. A petition has been filed by a retired judge in the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad high court seeking probe into all the alleged scams reported during Maya rule. They include Rs 300 crore dalit memorial scam, Noida land scam, Rs 1200 crore scam in sale of 21 government sugar mills, scam in appointment of 72,000 government teachers and scams in excise and mining departments among others.

NRHM scam: Kushwaha sent to judicial custody

A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ghaziabad on Tuesday remanded former Uttar Pradesh Minister Babu Singh Kushwaha and former BSP MLA Ram Prakash Jaiswal in judicial custody for 14 days in the multi-crore rupee NRHM scam in the state.

The two politicians, arrested on March 3, were produced in the court after the expiry of their 10 days custody with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The agency sought the extension of their custody for another four days. However, the plea was turned down by the CBI court, which remanded the duo in 14 days judicial custody.

The two politicians, arrested on March 3, were produced in the court after the expiry of their 10 days CBI custody.

The court also declined CBI plea for the custody of another accused Saurabh Jain, who too had been produced before the court by it after the expiry of his police remand.

Kushwaha and Jaiswal were later taken to the Dasna district jail.

Dasna district jail Superintendent Viresh Raj Sharma said Kushwaha and Jaiswal will be lodged in the high security barrack number 7A, where other accused in NHRM scam are also kept.