CBI raids UP ex-minister in health scam, unearths more evidence
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Saturday conducted raids at the houses of former UP health minister Anant Mishra in connection with the multi-crore National Rural Health Mission scam in the state.
According to sources here, CBI sleuths raided Mishra’s houses in Lucknow and Kanpur and seized documents and computer hard disks. Mishra was not at home when the raids were conducted.
The CBI had earlier quizzed Mishra in connection with the scam and in the murder of former chief medical officer Dr V K Arya. The central investigating agency has reportedly uncovered fresh evidence revealing Mishra’s close proximity with some of the key accused in the case.
The CBI, which had grilled Mishra twice in quick succession recently in connection with the murder, has reportedly stumbled upon some crucial leads after fresh interrogation of former chief medical officer of Lucknow, Dr A K Shukla, who was arrested in Arya’s killing and was remanded to CBI custody by court.
The CBI had earlier brought Mishra and Shukla face-to-face and had interrogated them for several hours.
Mishra, considered to be a close confidant of Mayawati during her former’s regime, had been sacked as health minister after the murder of Arya and the mysterious death of deputy chief medical officer (family welfare) Dr Y S Sachan inside Lucknow jail.
It was alleged that Dr Sachan was killed after he expressed his willingness to reveal the names of some ‘big shots’ in the murder case and the health scam. The two are said to be closely linked with each other.