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NRHM scam: Kushwaha, Jaiswal sent to CBI custody

Mar 03, 2012 05:31 PM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: Former Uttar Pradesh minister Babu Singh Kushwaha and BSP MLA Ram Prasad Jaiswal were on Saturday sent to CBI custody for ten days in connection with National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam.

The arrest of Kushwaha, who crossed over to BJP after being sacked as Family Welfare minister came on a day when the crucial seven-phased Assembly elections in UP concluded. Kushwaha, who was expelled by BSP in December 2011, is one of the prime accused in the scam.

The total number of arrests in the scam relating to alleged swindling of over Rs 10,000 crore central funds allocated to UP under the National Rural Health Mission(NRHM) has risen to 12 after it was unearthed over a year back.

BJP charged that the arrest of Kushwaha on the day of conclusion of polling in UP showed Congress is misusing CBI to serve its ends.

CBI called Kushwaha and Jaiswal at its headquarters here today for detailed questioning. Both arrived at about 11 am and were grilled for about four hours before being arrested by the agency.

So far, CBI has arrested 10 persons, including a retired Director General (Family Welfare) S P Ram, General Manager of a state PSU (Construction and Design Services (Subsidiary of Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam) P K Jain and retired MD of state PSU Shreetron India Ltd G K Batra.