Uttar Pradesh: 11th accused in Rs 9.72 crore animal husbandry scam arrested | Lucknow News


LUCKNOW: The Gomtinagar police and the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (UPSTF) in a joint operation on Saturday arrested Santosh Mishra, who posed as a journalist to gain access to secretariat in connection with the Rs 9.72 crore animal husbandry scam. Two senior IPS officers, Arvind Sen and Dinesh Dubey have also been accused in the scam and are presently under suspension.
Mishra is the 11th accused in the scam to have been arrested so far. Earlier, Dheeraj Kumar Dev, Rajnish Dixit, AK Rajeev, Anil Rai, Rupak Rai, Umashankar Tiwari, Ashish Rai, Tripuresh Pandey, Sachin and homeguard Raghubir have been arrested in the case.
The case pertains to Manjeet Singh Bhatiya, an Indore based businessman, who was duped of Rs 9.72 crore on the pretext of getting a tender in the animal husbandry department.
The UPSTF had made the first arrest in the case on June 14. Later, 10 others were arrested and an FIR was registered at Hazratganj police station. Presently, the case is being investigated by assistant commissioner of police, Gomtinagar, Shweta Srivastava.
Srivastava told TOI that Mishra used to pose as UP head of a news channel and worked in connivance with mastermind Ashish Rai. “A team has also been sent to Delhi to nab two others wanted in the case. We are also planning to move court to apply for NBW of two more in the scam,” she said.
On Saturday, after an informer tipped off police that Mishra was planning to flee Lucknow, a team chased his car and nabbed an STF official. Additional superintendent of police, STF, Vishal Vikram said that Mishra used to visit the secretariat for news coverage in 2012.
“He first met Chandrashekhar Pandey of Prayagraj and later came in contact with Ashish Rai, the mastermind. He said Ashish used to do favours for him in lieu of small works (recommending cases with police and administration) he did for different persons on Ashish’s instructions,” said the ASP.
Further, Mishra disclosed that in 2017 Ashish introduced him to Anil Rai, who was editor in the news channel. Mishra confessed that he had recommended Ashish’s case of taking Rs 9.72 crore from the Indore businessman to different senior government officials after the latter’s name surfaced in the animal husbandry case.
He further confessed that he had taken Rs 1.15 crore from Hariom Yadav who was named in a fraud case and was arrested later.

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