Gaziabad: A special CBI court on Tuesday extended the judicial custody of three accused in the multi-crore NRHM scam. The court has fixed March 6 as the next date of hearing in the case.

The NRHM accused--Sourav Jain, PCS official Ajay Kumar Vajpayee and Water Board official Ram Prasad was on Tuesday produced before the court of Justice AK Singh.
CBI grills BSP MLA Ram Prasad Jaiswal

BSP MLA Ram Prasad Jaiswal was on Tuesday questioned by the CBI in connection with alleged irregularities in purchase of publicity material under the National Rural Health Mission.

Jaiswal, who arrived in his white BMW car this morning, was grilled by the sleuths for nearly seven hours over his alleged involvement in awarding contracts pertaining to purchase of information material, pamphlets, banners and display from over five companies which were reportedly owned by his close associates, CBI sources said here.

The BSP MLA from Deoria in eastern Uttar Pradesh came with his five close aides and was taken directly to the questioning room where he was grilled about his association with Babu Singh Kushwaha, former family welfare minister who is an accused in the multi-crore NRHM scam, they said.

Considered close to the former Minister, Jaiswal allegedly used his influence in awarding the contracts relating to publicity material procured under the scheme to his people close to him, the sources said.

In its probe, the CBI has found that the private firms considered close to Jaiswal bagged the contracts from state health society for publicity work at the rates much higher than those charged by the government agencies.

On Sunday, the CBI had questioned Kushwaha in connection with the alleged irregularities in the NRHM scam. He was earlier questioned in December in connection with the murders of Uttar Pradesh health official which are allegedly linked with the scam.

JPN/Bureau/Agencies