Nine more persons were arrested in the 2004-05 foodgrain scam on Tuesday. The scam detected in 17 blocks of related to Lakhimpur Kheri district involved diversion of foodgrain under BPL scheme causing loss of over Rs 7 crore to the government in one year.
The accused,including three State Food Corporation (SFC) officials and two local mill owners,were summoned for interrogation at the Lucknow CBI office yesterday where they were arrested later. Seven persons including government officials had earlier been arrested in the case.
A CBI official said that those arrested yesterday included Kailash Nath Sharma and Krishna Pal Sharma both in-charge of Dhaurahara block godown (one after the other) and in-charge of Palia block godown Jagdish Prasad Verma. Others are Gyan Swaroop Shukla who owns a rice mill,Satya Prakash Agrawal,the owner of a flour mill,transporters Rajesh Kumar Gupta alias Rajan Puriwala and Sattar Khan and middlemen Shiv Naresh Singh alias Raju Singh and Sanjay Gupta alias Channu.
The official said that the investigation has found that Shukla had purchased the foodgrain of the value of Rs 2.90 crore meant for distribution under Centres BPL scheme during 2004-05 by depositing bank drafts in the names of the fair price shop owners. Shukla had purchased wheat and rice under BPL scheme illegally from the Sadar block godown of the district and exported the same to Bangladesh through goods train.
He used to get fake receipts issued from the governments Mandi Parishad showing the grains purchased from open market at the mandi. The consignments used to be dispatched to Bangladesh through goods train from the Kheri station.
Another mill owner Agrawal also had got bank drafts issued in the names of the fair price shop owners and procured BPL foodgrain from the Gola block godown. The foodgrain was diverted to the open market.
The transporters and the middlemen too procured the foodgrain from the godowns of Behjam,Ramiabehar and Dhaurahra blocks and diverted the same to the local wholesale market.
The in-charge of the Dhaurahra and Palia block godowns had played important role in selling off the foodgrain to local businessmen and the transporters by preparing false documents. The registers containing details of the foodgrain supplied to the concerned fair price shop owners were either found missing or had incomplete and false entries.
The CBI had registered the case under foodgrain scam in Kheri district on November 1,2008 against 10 sub-divisional magistrates and 90 others.