The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested former Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Lucknow, AK Shukla in connection with the murder case of CMO Vinod Arya, reports said.
The arrest was made on Sunday night for allegedly conspiring the killing of Arya.
According to media reports, the CBI said that Shukla was allegedly afraid of getting exposed since Arya was trying to expose him for corruption and irregularities in the the National Rural Health Mission (NHRM) scheme in Uttar Pradesh. The CBI is believed to have enough evidence against Shukla in the murder case
Shukla, who worked in the UP Family Welfare Department, was arrested for financial irregularities in the Health Department in 2011.
Dr Arya was gunned down on the October 27, 2010 while he was on a morning walk. Six months later, the man who replaced him, Dr BP Singh, was murdered. In June 2011, a man who had worked for them and had been arrested for their deaths, Yogendra Singh Sachan, was found dead at a Lucknow jail.
Dr Shukla, who was in the Uttar Pradesh government’s Family Welfare department, was the alleged conspirator in the killing of Dr Arya, according to the CBI. Dr Shukla was arrested in July 2011 in connection with alleged financial irregularities in the state health department but was later released on bail.
The CBI says the motive behind the murder was fear of being exposed for corruption. Dr Shukla allegedly feared that the victim was trying to expose him for corruption and irregularities that allegedly took place under the National Rural Health Mission (NHRM) scheme in Uttar Pradesh. The CBI says that there is enough evidence against Dr Shukla in the case.
CMO Vinod Arya was killed in October 2010 while he was taking a morning walk. Arya’s successor, Dr BP Singh was also murdered in April 2011, six months after the killing of Arya.
In June 2011, a man who had worked for them and had been arrested for their deaths, Yogendra Singh Sachan, was found dead at a Lucknow jail.
The then Health Minister Babu Singh Kushwaha was forced to resign in April 2011.