CBI registers four new cases in NRHM scam

The CBI has registered four new cases in connection with alleged graft in the use of central funds allocated to Uttar Pradesh under the National Rural Health Mission. The agency started a search operation last evening in Ghaziabad, Lucknow, Agra and Vapi in Gujarat.

The search operations are continuing on Thursday, CBI sources said.

Alternative ignored

Of the four cases registered by the agency, first is against officials of directorate general, family welfare for the purchase of huge quantities of Leomizole tablets to the tune of Rs 2.47 crore from a private firm at exorbitant rate by ignoring the cheaper alternative available, the sources said.

The second case was registered against district health officials of Lucknow and a private firm on the allegation that a sum of Rs 12.5 lakhs under NRHM funds meant for upgradation of hospital was misappropriated, CBI sources said.

The third case is against private persons for alleged fraudulent receipts of huge amount in the name of Rajasthan Drugs and Pharmaceutical Ltd  by opening a bank account in the name of the company and encashment of cheques meant for it, the sources said.

Payments diverted

“The allegations are of procuring orders under NRHM in the name of a state PSU while the payments received were being diverted to a personal account of the accused,” an official concerned with the probe said.

The details were not revealed by the agency.

A CBI spokesperson confirmed registration of four new cases in connection with the NRHM scam.

Allegations

* Family welfare department officials purchase Leomizole tablets at exorbitant rate ignoring cheaper alternative.
* Health officials and a private firm misappropriate funds meant for upgradation of hospital.
* Orders are placed under NRHM in the name of a state PSU while the payments received were being diverted to a personal account of the accused.

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