NEW DELHI: The CBI will soon be examining former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati in connection with alleged swindling of funds in the implementation of the centrally-funded National Rural Health Mission scam.
CBI sources said BSP supremo Mayawati, who was at the helm of affairs in UP between 2007-12 when the NRHM misappropriation is alleged, will be called for questioning. She will be examined soon to unearth the larger conspiracy of the Rs 10,000-crore scam, the sources said.
The sources said the agency needs clarification on funding of some projects under NRHM in which some top officials, including the then principal secretary (health), Pradeep Shukla, has been charged.
It has been alleged that a huge sum has been siphoned off by politicians, bureaucrats and doctors from the funds meant for the NRHM, a central government scheme meant to provide health care facilities to people in rural areas. As many as five persons had died or were allegedly murdered in an attempt to cover up the large-scale irregularities in the case.
Babu Singh Kushwaha, a former UP cabinet minister during the BSP rule, was arrested on March 3, 2012 and is still languishing in jail. Kushwaha has recently moved the apex court seeking bail, which was dismissed on February 13,
with the court saying the allegations against him were very “serious” and it was a “good case for dismissal”.