CBI REGISTERS THREE MORE CASES RELATING TO ALLEGED IRREGULARITIES IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF NATIONAL RURAL HEALTH MISSION (NRHM) FUNDS IN UTTAR PRADESH AND CONDUCTS SEARCHES

Press Release
New Delhi , 30.08.2012

            The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered three more cases on the basis of on-going Preliminary Enquiries into the matter of execution & implementation of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) funds in Uttar Pradesh. CBI had earlier registered five Preliminary Enquiries in pursuant to the Orders of Hon'ble High Court of Judicature at Allahabad, Lucknow Bench on 15.11.2011.

 

            Searches were carried out in 06 places at Lucknow, Ghaziabad, Agra(UP) and Vapi(Gujarat).

 

            One case has been registered U/s 120-B, 420 IPC r/w Section 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) PC Act against officials of Directorate General, Family Welfare for purchase of huge quantities of medicines tablet Leomizole to the tune of Rs. 2.47 crore(approx.) from a private firm at exorbitant rate by ignoring the cheaper alternative available.

 

            Second case has been registered U/s 120-B, 420, 468, 471 IPC r/w Section 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) PC Act against District Health officials of Lucknow and a private firm on the allegation that a sum of Rs. 12.5 lakhs(approx.) under NRHM funds meant for up-gradation of hospital etc. were misappropriated and utilized for own purposes.

 

            Third case has been registered U/s 420, 467, 468 and 471 IPC against one private person for fraudulent receipts of huge amount in the name of State PSU. The allegations are of procuring orders under NRHM in the name of the State PSU while the payments received were being diverted to a personal account of the accused.

 

            CBI had earlier registered 14 cases so far involving irregularities in the utilization of NRHM Funds allocated to Uttar Pradesh. During the course of investigation, in these cases till date, CBI had conducted searches at 183 places at residence and office premises of various public Servants & Private Persons/ beneficiary firms. Till date CBI has examined more than 1700 witnesses and collected over 8000 documents (running in more than 50,000 pages). Further, Rs.1.6 crores in cash has been seized and Rs. 14.80 crores has been frozen in various bank accounts of accused / suspect persons. In four cases, charge sheet has been filed against 2 firms & 20 persons including the then Minister of Family Welfare & MLA, of U.P.

 

            Further investigation is in progress.

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