In the third chargesheet in Uttar Pradeshs NRHM scam,the CBI on Thursday named G K Batra,managing director of UP PSU Shreeton India Ltd,and owners of two private firms,in a case of supply of computers at exorbitant prices.
The chargesheet was filed in the court of Special Judge (CBI) Rekha Dixit in Lucknow. The CBI had registered a case in the matter on January 2.
Batra was arrested on January 7 while Virendra Goyal of Axis Marketing Ltd,based in Delhi and Noida,and Neeraj Upadhyaya of Radheyshyam Enterprises in Lucknow are yet to be arrested.
A CBI official said that the State Health Society had allotted work of procurement of 951 computers to Shreeton India Ltd and released Rs 8 crore. The computers had to be installed at the offices of the district health societies across the state. The societies supervised the execution and implementation of NRHM schemes.
During investigation,it was found that the PSU did not follow norms while awarding contract to Axis India Ltd and Radheyshyam Enterprises. The firms quoted exorbitant rates for computers,and were paid in advance which caused a loss of Rs 2.78 to the exchequer.
The CBI had seized documents,details of bank accounts,lockers,property and other purchases made by Batra,Upadhyay and Goyal and their close family members. Searches were conducted at their places on January 4.
The CBI has so far not chargesheeted former minister Babu Singh Kushwaha,who was arrested last month in connection with the case. The agency,in its first chargesheet filed on Tuesday,had named Kushwaha as one of the conspirators.
The first chargesheet was filed against five officials and two suppliers in a case related to upgradation of 13 hospitals across the state. The total loss caused to the government in this case was pegged at Rs 7.94 crore.
The agency filed the second chargesheet against four persons on Wednesday for flouting tender rules in supply of medical kits.