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Updated: May 7, 2012 13:25 IST

Arya murder case: Former Lucknow CMO arrested

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CBI officials conduct a search in connection with NRHM case in Lucknow. CBI has arrested former Lucknow Chief Medical Officer A K Shukla in connection with the murder case of his predecessor Vinod K Arya in October 2010. File photo
The Hindu CBI officials conduct a search in connection with NRHM case in Lucknow. CBI has arrested former Lucknow Chief Medical Officer A K Shukla in connection with the murder case of his predecessor Vinod K Arya in October 2010. File photo

The CBI has arrested former Lucknow Chief Medical Officer A K Shukla in connection with the murder case of his predecessor Vinod K Arya in October 2010.

Mr. Shukla was arrested on Sunday night on charges of conspiring to kill Arya, a CBI spokesperson said.

According to the CBI, the alleged motive behind the murder was the fear of being exposed for misappropriation of funds in the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).

There were indications emerging that Mr. Shukla could also be allegedly involved in killing of another Chief Medical Officer B P Singh, official sources said.

Arya was murdered while he was taking a morning walk on October 2010 at Vikas Nagar area while Singh was shot dead in April last year at Gomti Nagar.

The agency claimed that evidence also indicated that former Deputy Chief Medical Officer Y.S. Sachan, whose death inside jail created a sensation, was also alleged to be a co-conspirator in the murder of Arya.

Mr. Shukla was earlier arrested by the CBI last year in connection with the NRHM scam but was granted bail by the Allahabad High Court.

The court had on July 27 directed the CBI to probe the murders of the two CMOs and also irregularities in implementation of the NRHM.

This is a triple whammy for the nation: 1) Unqualified doctors with unwieldy knives in their gloved hands can kill patients 2) Doctors like Shukla could actually take the life of colleagues/predecessors/subordinates, and 3) The funds siphoned off by medical officers of Shukla's ilk could have saved the life of many Indians. Logically, the 'medical officer' should get twice or thrice the punishment given to a lay murderer.

from:  Purushu Madey
Posted on: May 7, 2012 at 10:56 IST

A Chief Medical Officer - a person with responsibility in the healing profession held on suspicion of murder. How low can we stoop in this nation of ours? Does every scam have to be investigated only after someone is killed?

from:  B S Kumar
Posted on: May 7, 2012 at 10:30 IST
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