New Delhi: Landed up in an awkward position following the death of key accused in National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam, the CBI on Monday denied any link of the suicide with the probing agency’s inquiry in the multi-crore scam in Uttar Pradesh.

Denying the speculations of Verma’s death in cognisance with the agency’s inquiry, CBI spokesperson Dharini Mishra said, “The suicide must not be linked with the CBI probe,” adding, “We have carried raids at his premises four weeks ago but neither summons have been issued nor he was called for inquiry.”

Making it the fourth mysterious death in the case, 52-year Sunil Verma, a NRHM project engineer with UP Jal Nigam subsidiary Construction and Design Services, on Monday morning allegedly shot himself with his licensed revolver at his Lucknow residence.

Verma was allegedly a key link between accused former Uttar Pradesh Family Welfare Minister Babu Singh Kushwaha and other players in the scam.

Pressed into action, the CBI grilled several other accused who they believe played crucial roles in the scam. However, the investigating agency denied to disclose their names.

A senior official said, “Verma had vital information about the fund allocation and could have played a crucial role in cracking the Rs 5,000 crore scam.”

JPN/Bureau