New Delhi: After struggling for two months, the Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday gave its nod to CBI for the prosecution of 22 doctors for their alleged involvement in the multi-crore National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam that rocked the state during the Mayawati-led government.

The CBI on June 5 had sought state government’s nod for the prosecution of the accused doctors. On June 6, the state government agreed in principle to grant permission in this regard and acting swiftly suspended the accused employees of health department. The government at that point of time had agreed to officially grant prosecution in this case in a week’s time.

Three meetings were held between the Ministry of Justice, the CBI and the Health Ministry in this regard in June. In the last week of June, the Health Ministry had sent the concerned files to the Justice Ministry but no action was taken for a month.

Experiencing delay in prosecution, the CBI knocked the portals of the court. Taking note of it, Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court (HC) on August 23 had rapped the state government for not allowing the prosecution and had asked it to expedite the necessary approvals and report back on Aug 29.


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