The CBI on Monday filed charge sheet against senior IAS officer Pradeep Shukla in connection with alleged irregularities in upgrading of 89 district hospitals in the State, under National Rural Health Mission scheme, causing a loss of Rs.16 crore to the exchequer.

The agency had received sanction to prosecute Mr. Shukla, the then Family Welfare Secretary, on November 30 from the Centre after that a charge sheet was filed before special CBI court here on Monday.

Mr. Shukla and officials of U.P. Processing and Construction Cooperative Federation Ltd (PACCFED), including its Managing Director V. K. Chowdhary, the then Director General of Family Welfare S. P. Ram, Moradabad based businessman Saurabh Jain, and his firms were booked by the agency in January this year.

While remaining accused were charge sheeted in May this year, the charge sheet against Mr. Shukla was pending because CBI was awaiting sanction for his prosecution.

The 55-year-old UP-cadre IAS officer, serving as member Revenue Board, was arrested by the agency in May but was released on bail.

After release, Shukla joined back as member Revenue Board but the U.P. government issued orders of him being “deemed suspended“. - PTI