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CBI files supplementary chargesheet against a former UP Minister and a retired bureaucrat

Newsroom24x7 Staff

Pradeep Shukla

New Delhi: The CBI today filed a supplementary chargesheet in the Court of Special Judge, CBI Cases, Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh) against former Uttar Pradesh family welfare minister Babu Singh Kushwaha and Pradeep Shukla, a former principal secretary in the same department (during the year 2009-2010) under Section 120B read with Sections 409, 420 of IPC and Section 13(2) read with 13(1)(c) & 13(1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 in a National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam case.

The case relates to supply of 515 numbers of First Referral Unit (FRU) kits & 2050 Intra Uterine Device (IUD) kits worth Rs.31.59 crore (approx.).

The Government of India launched National Rural Health Mission in 2005-2006 in various states all over India, including Uttar Pradesh, for providing better medical facilities to all citizens and in particular to the poor and vulnerable sections of the population. It is alleged that the accused in connivance with the other accused already chargesheeted caused an alleged undue loss of Rs. 21.20 crore (approx.) to the exchequer and ensure monetary benefit for themselves in the process of implementing the NRHM scheme. The Supplementary Chargesheet filed against the former minister and bureaucrat comprises around 7000 documents disclosing the modus operandi adopted by these accused to siphon away the NRHM funds. CBI had earlier filed a charge-sheet in this case on 25 February 2013 against five accused and further investigation under section 173(8) of Cr.PC was kept open to unravel the larger conspiracy.

After thorough investigation, a chargesheet was filed against the accused persons. One more accused has not been chargesheeted, since he expired during further investigation.

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