NRHM scam: Shukla sent to judicial custody

A special CBI court on Thursday remanded senior IAS officer Pradeep Shukla, arrested for his alleged role in multi-crore National Rural Health Mission scam, in judicial custody for 14 days.

Special CBI judge A K Singh remanded the IAS officer in judicial custody, rejecting the agency’s plea for three more days of his custody for further interrogation. Singh fixed 28 May as the next date of hearing.

Shukla was arrested on 10 May by the CBI for alleged bungling in upgradation of 89 district hospitals under NRHM programme causing a loss of nearly Rs 22.5 crore to the exchequer. Shukla was held from Lucknow airport while he was going to Delhi for some treatment.

The judge allowed Shukla to carry his medicines with him, however, and said that jail doctor will examine him in jail hospital and will prescribe the medicines. The IAS officer said the order came from CM’s office or health minister’s office.
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