The CBI today carried out searches at more than 60 places,including at the residence of former UP Family Welfare Minister Babu Singh Kushwaha in Lucknow,after registering five new cases to probe alleged irregularities in funds allocated to the National Rural Health Mission.
Besides Uttar Pradesh,the searches were being carried out at other places including Delhi and Haryana.
Official sources said the cases were registered on January 2 in a designated court at Lucknow after which CBI sought search warrants against the accused people.
The searches began this morning at 60 places including at the residence of the former Minister,who joined BJP yesterday after being sacked by UP Chief Minister Mayawati.
The CBI had filed FIRs pertaining to the scam. Kushwaha has been named as an accused in one of the five FIRs registered against the NRHM officials and private companies in UP.
The agency on the directions of the Allahabad High Courts Lucknow Bench had registered five Preliminary Enquiries (PEs) in November last year out of which it has found sufficient evidence to convert two of them into FIRs,claimed officials.
The CBI is investigating alleged irregularities in the funds allocated to chief medical officers of 72 districts of the state. These also include civil works of Director-General (Family Welfare); procurement of medicines and equipment and information; and education and communication of Director-General (Family Welfare),Director-General (Medical Health),Director (Training),State Health Society,and State Innovation in Family Planning & Project Agency (SIFPSA).
The NRHM scam saw in its wake murders of two CMOs and a deputy CMO. The CBI,after taking over the case,formed a special investigation team which is being supervised by its Additional Director in New Delhi.