The anti-corruption wing of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI),Lucknow region,has been waiting for prosecution sanction against erring government officials in the 2004-2005 Ballia foodgrain scam case related to the Centre-funded Sampoorna Grameen Rozgar Yojna (SGRY).
The CBI has sought sanction from the Finance and the Panchayati Raj departments of the state government and the request is pending with the concerned departments for last several months,revealed CBI sources. The CBI had arrested nine persons in the case including the Finance Controller of the Meerut Development Authority (MDA),Satyendra Singh Gangwar,who had been posted as chief finance and accounts officer in Ballia in 2004-05. All the nine arrests were made on December 1,2009.
A CBI official said the prosecution sanction against Gangwar and seven other CDO rank officers has been sought from the Finance department while the same against about half-a-dozen junior engineers has been requested from the Panchayati Raj department. On October 31,2008,the CBI had registered eight cases in the Ballia scam following High court directive and eight CDO rank officers and four PCS officials were named in the cases.
The ongoing CBI investigation had found the accused involved in embezzlement of the government funds of about Rs one crore meant for distribution of cash and foodgrains under Sampoorna Grameen Rozgar Yojna (SGRY) in Ballia. The funds were released from the Centre. The embezzlement of the funds has been detected in 15 blocks of Ballia.