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CBI arrests another accused in UP NRHM scam

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a private person, a resident of Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) in an ongoing investigation of a case relating to alleged irregularities in the purchase of medicines under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) funds.

The instant case was registered in CBI on 27 August 2013 against the then deputy chief medical officer, the then chief pharmacist, both working in the office of the CMO, Sultanpur, proprietor of the Lucknow-based private firm and others under Section 120B, 420, 467, 468, 471 of IPC and 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) of the of Corruption Act 1988 on the findings of a preliminary inquiry. The inquiry was instituted on the orders of the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad, Lucknow Bench, Lucknow, passed in writ petition no. 3611 (MB) of 2011 (PIL), 3301 (MB) of 2011 and 2647 (MB) of 2011 (PIL).

It was alleged that, during the period 2009-10, the then deputy CMO Sultanpur entered into criminal conspiracy with the then chief pharmacist, Sultanpur, and the proprietor of the Lucknow-based private company and other unknown persons. In furtherance of the said conspiracy, the then deputy CMO and then chief pharmacist allegedly certified bogus receipt of 7,620 boxes of ciprofloxacin hydrochloride, 500 mg tablets and 2,400 boxes of ibuprofen 400 mg tablets from the Lucknow-based private firm and made bogus entries in the official records of supply of these medicines. The payment to the tune of Rs 15,94,131 (approximately) was allegedly made to the private company, thereby causing a loss to the NRHM funds.

During the course of investigation, the alleged complicity and involvement in the conspiracy of the said private person of Lucknow came to light. He was arrested. The arrested accused was produced yesterday before the Special Judge (Anti-Corruption), Ghaziabad, and was remanded to 5 days’ police custody.

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