Lucknow: A judicial probe into the mysterious death of Deputy Chief Medical Officer Y S Sachan in jail here has found it to be prima facie a case of murder, in a rebuff to the Uttar Pradesh government which had claimed it to be a suicide.

The report by Chief Judicial Magistrate Rajesh Upadhyaya was opened in the court on Tuesday during the hearing on a PIL seeking a CBI probe into the case by Lucknow bench of
Allahabad High Court.

The Bench comprising Justices Pradeep Kant and Ritu Raj Awasthi reserved its order for July 14, court sources said.

Arrested on charges of financial irregularities, Sachan, 52, was found dead inside the toilet of Lucknow district jail hospital on the night of June 22. He was also named as the key conspirator in the murder case of CMO B P Singh in April following the arrest of three shooters hired to kill him.

After Sachan's death, the government and police had initially claimed that he committed suicide. The post mortem, however, revealed nine injury marks on the body including the
neck, elbows, wrists and thigh.

While Sachan's family cried foul and demanded a CBI inquiry, the state government ordered a judicial probe into the incident.

The CJM submitted the report with the acting District Judge, District Magistrate Lucknow and prison officials on Monday.

Ex-CMO of Lucknow arrested

Meanwhile, former Chief Medical Officer of Lucknow A K Shukla, who along with Sachan was named in connection with the financial irregularities in the state health department, was on Tuesday arrested from a hospital here.

"Doctor Shukla was arrested from the trauma centre of Chattrapati Shahuji Maharaj Nagar Medical University this morning," Deputy Inspector General of Police Lucknow D K
Thakur said.

He said Shukla was arrested in connection with financial irregularities in National Rural Health Mission.

CMO Shukla got admitted to the trauma centre last night complaining health complications including diabetes, sources said. He was later produced in the court of Special Additional CJM Inthikab Alam, who remanded him to judicial custody till July 24.

Citing health complications Shukla sought permission for treatment outside the jail, but the court said that facilities would be provided by the jailor as per the jail manual.

An FIR was registered against CMO Shukla, a clerk and some contractors on charges of misappropriation of funds by Joint Director (Administration) Rajendra Singh at Wazirganj
police station on April 7, 2011.

In the FIR, Singh alleged that the CMO misused his powers and helped his associates in withdrawing government funds by producing fake bills.

The financial irregularities were detected during investigation into the murder of CMO B P Singh, who was shot dead in Gomti Nagar area on April 2.

Sachan, administration officer C S Yadav and senior clerk PC Verma had been arrested immediately after the allegations surfaced.

Two state ministers Babu Singh Khushwaha and Anant Kumar Mishra had resigned on moral grounds due to the ongoing controversy.

(Agencies)