The CBI today arrested a sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) posted in Barabanki district for his alleged involvement in diversion of foodgrain related to Mohanlalganj are of Lucknow district between 2004-2006. The CBI is probing into the Lucknow scam which had caused a loss estimated to about Rs 7.56 crore.
The SDM,Shashikant Prasad,at present posted at Sirauli Gauspur tehsil of Barabanki,was posted as tehsildar of Mohanlalganj area between 2004-2006.
Prasad was arrested while he was called for interrogation at the Lucknow office of Anti-Corruption unit of CBI. He was produced before a CBI court today from where he was sent in judicial custody,a CBI official told The Indian Express.
He said that Prasad was assigned by the state government to verify the vehicles carrying foodgrain from FCI godown to Mohanlalganj block godown. He was supposed to verify the vehicles at the godown. The foodgrain was meant for BPL cardholders in Antyodaya and Mid-Day meal schemes. The foodgrain was diverted to the open market. The investigation into the scam had found diversion of 30,180.13 quintals of wheat and rice from Mohanlalganj block godown. The diversion at one block during two financial years (2004-05 and 2005-06) had caused a loss of Rs 1,41,86,000 to the government exchequer.
The probe also found that Prasad never visited the godown and signed the documents related to the verification either from his office or his home in connivance with the then in-charge of the godown and the transporter. The CBI also has evidences about Prasad collecting cut money in return of extending favour to the transporter and the godown in-charge,the official added.