The CBI has summoned chartered accountants who used to manage the business transactions of ex-minister Babu Singh Kushwaha and former BSP MLA Ram Prasad Jaiswal after they refused to give details of their bank accounts,properties and other assets.
Kushwaha and Jaiswal,accused in NRHM scam and arrested on March 3 in Delhi,were in police custody from March 3 to 13.
CBI sources told The Indian Express that the team probing the case had collected details of some properties said to be related to Kushwaha,including educational institutions in Kanpur and Banda,a hospital and manufacturing units in Haryana and prime plots and commercial buildings in Lucknow,Kanpur,Banda,Ghaziabad,Noida,Delhi and Mumbai.
None of these properties is running in Kushwahas name,but the CBI has statements of the staff working there who admitted that the assets were owned by the ex-minister.
Similarly,the sources said,Jaiswal has prime properties in Deoria,Gorakhpur,Lucknow,Noida,Ghaziabad and Delhi. But he,too,is not connected directly to any of these assets.
The CBI had interrogated Kushwaha and Jaiswal extensively about the assets,but both denied any link. Some persons looking after the alleged businesses of the two were also confronted with the ex-minister and the former MLA during interrogation. They said the duo had direct links with the assets,but both the accused denied the same,the sources added.
The CBI,while producing Kushwaha and Jaiswal before the court in Ghaziabad after remand was over on March 13,had requested extension of remand. The agency told the court that they had evidences of both operating some bank accounts in different names,which could yield evidence related to the transaction of fund related to the NRHM scam. However,the request was turned down and two accused were sent to judicial custody.
The sources also the CBI had summoned chartered accountants based in Faridabad,Delhi and Ghaziabad for interrogation.