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Two convicted in Ayurveda scam

LUCKNOW (TOI): A special court in Lucknow on Saturday convicted and sentenced two persons in connection with Ayurveda scam. Special judge SC Kulshrestha sentenced Subhash Singh and his father Prem Pratap Singh for supplying medicines and medical kits on the basis of fake documents, in connivance with regional Ayurveda and Unani officer of Basti district.

The court awarded four-year jail term and Rs 50,000 fine to Subhash, whereas two years imprisonment and Rs 50,000 fine to Prem Pratap.

The court granted interim bail to Prem Pratap on Saturday itself. The then Ayurveda minister Balram Yadav and secretary medical education RK Sharma, though had been chargesheeted by CBI in the scam had got clean chit owing to lack of prosecution sanction. There are still 30 cases being tried by the special judge in connection with the scam.

According to special public prosecutor of CBI, Lalit Kumar Singh, an FIR was lodged by the then deputy secretary Yashowardhan Sinha with Hazratganj police on August 6, 1996. Later on the directives of the high court, the matter was entrusted to the CBI, which filed as many as 35 chargesheets and additional chargesheets since 1997. T

he CBI had chargesheeted about 205 accused in the matter.A special court was constituted by the state government to conduct trial of these accused. Several accused got discharged due to lack of prosecution sanction and a few accused died pending trial.

There are still 180 accused, who are facing trial in the scam, which was estimated to be around 26 crore.


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