PCS officer arrested in foodgrain scam

The CBI today arrested a PCS officer for his alleged involvement in the 2004-2005 foodgrain scam case related to Lakhimpur Kheri district. The accused — Pramod Shanker Shukla — was then posted as sub-divisional magistrate of Gola area.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: May 8, 2012 5:09:45 am

The CBI today arrested a PCS officer for his alleged involvement in the 2004-2005 foodgrain scam case related to Lakhimpur Kheri district. The accused — Pramod Shanker Shukla — was then posted as sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) of Gola area.

Shukla was one of the 10 SDMs who was named in the case for his alleged role in diversion of foodgrain meant for public distribution under the BPL scheme.

Shukla was posted as Deputy Director (Consolidation) in Jaunpur district till he was transferred a few days ago. He is awaiting posting.

A CBI official said that Shukla’s arrest was made following statement of an accused in the case – Satya Prakash Agrawal – who was arrested on May 1 along with eight others. Agrawal and others were taken in police custody remand for two days last week.

The official said that Agrawal,who owns a flour mill in Gola area had told during interrogation that he used to purchase foodgrain from State Food Corporation godowns after allegedly paying cut money to the concerned SDMs,the supply inspectors and the godown in-charge.

He also had said that the fair price shop owners are supposed to submit the bank drafts at the SDM offices before picking up the foodgrain from the SFC godown. Agrawal used to get drafts issued from a bank in their area on behalf of the shop owners and submit it in bulk with the SDM office.

The CBI already had recovered counter receipts of bank drafts from the office of Agrawal. The businessman also had confessed that he had diverted the foodgrain through goods trains to Bangladesh and had also sold in the wholesale markets of other districts.

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