The Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court on Wednesday granted extension of another two months to CBI for concluding investigation into the case of alleged financial irregularities in the execution of NRHM schemes in Lucknow.
The Bench of Justices Pradip Kant and Rituraj Awasthi also inquired the investigating officer (IO) in the case about the reason behind the delay in the arrest of the accused.
The court had given an extension of two months to the CBI in the case on November 22,2011. The CBI probe in the Lucknow NRHM scam case was ordered
on July 27 and the court had initially given a deadline of three months to complete the investigation. The CBI filed an application before the court on January 20,seeking two more months to complete the probe.
Prince Lenin,the petitioner and the counsel in the writ petition that had sought a CBI investigation in the NRHM scam,told The Indian Express that the court inquired CBI investigation officer (IO) about the reasons behind not completing the investigation and making no arrest in the case in five months.
The IO replied that they had already interrogated and recorded statements of the prime suspects and that the chargesheet would be concluded soon. Stating that they like to make arrest in a case only after the chargesheet is filed,Lenin said the accused is taken into custody before chargesheet if there was a chance of his giving CBI the slip.
He added that the CBI did not produce any summary of the findings in the case so far. CBI Additional SP O P Parida appeared before the court.
Meanwhile,CBI sources said they had already collected evidence against former Lucknow CMO Dr A K Shukla and the proprietors of 12 firms that had supplied ambulances,medicines and medical equipment,publicity material,building material and manpower under various schemes,including District Blindness Control Programme,Reproductive Child Health and Janani Suraksha Yojana.
The CBI has drafted chargesheet against Dr Shukla and the owners of the 12 firms,including BSP MLC Ram Chandra Pradhans wife Anita and his friend Agha Rizwan,sources said.