The CBI is believed to be registering a case against former family welfare minister Babu Singh Kushwaha in the matter of alleged financial irregularities done in the supply of medicines and medical equipment in 24 districts of Uttar Pradesh under the NRHM scheme during 2010-2011.
The agency has also summoned Kushwaha for interrogation again at Delhi Headquarters before January 10. The former minister will be questioned over his role in the matter before he is named in the case,confirmed CBI sources.
The sources also said that Kushwaha is being named in the case for allegedly helping a Moradabad-based private firm – Jain Medical Hall – in procuring a contract of Rs 3 crore for supply of medicines and medical equipment to government hospitals in 24 districts of the state.
The former ministers name is being included as one of the accused in the case on the basis of the statement of the former Principal Secretary (Medical & Health) Pradip Shukla,two of the Directors General (DGs) of Family Welfare Directorate SP Ram and Usha Narayan and CMOs of the concerned districts,the source added.
Shukla had also been looking after the responsibility of NRHM Director in 2010-2011.
The officials are believed to have listed Kushwahas name for extending undue favour to Jain Medical Hall. The CBI had inquired these officials about the reasons behind not adhering to the norms in the supply of the medicines and the medical equipment. The sources said that the scanning of the documents and physical verification of the supplied drugs and the equipment found serious anomalies on the part of the firm. The firm had earned a huge profit while supplying the drugs and the equipment by using unfair means.
The firm had listed names of the medicines and the equipment of reputed manufacturers in the quotation,but the goods supplied were purchased from other companies on lowest prices. The medicines and the equipment supplied by the firm were found to be substandard and cheaper than the actual items showed in the quotation,the sources added.
The CBI have also found that the district magistrates (DMs) and CMOs of the concerned districts could not give any explanation when inquired about the reasons behind ignoring the serious irregularities in the supply of medicines and the equipment to the hospitals.