Gujarat ACB: 2 docs held for ‘taking Rs eight lakh bribe for clearing meals invoice for Covid sufferers’

By: Categorical Information Service | Ahmedabad |

October 30, 2020 2:41:02 pm

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The Gujarat Anti Corruption Bureau on Thursday nabbed two docs serving as medical officers on the Sola Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad for accepting a bribe of Rs eight lakh to clear invoice for meals served to Covid-19 sufferers admitted on the hospital.

Based on Gujarat ACB officers, the accused are Dr Upendra Patel, medical officer-cum-in cost Resident Medical Officer (Grade 2), and Dr Shailesh Kumar Patel, medical officer-cum-in cost administrative officer (Grade 2), at Sola Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad also called Gov-ernment Medical Training and Analysis Society (GMERS) Med-ical Faculty and Hospital, Sola.

Each the accused medical officers have been caught in an ACB entice on Thursday on the hospital premises accepting a bribe of Rs eight lakh from the complainant who had approached the anti graft sleuths after he was allegedly requested to pay a bribe of Rs 18 lakh by the accused. As per the ACB, the accused medical officers had promised the complainant that they might clear the invoice of Rs 1.18 crore as the associated fee incurred for meals served to Covid-19 sufferers and workers of Sola Civil Hospital prior to now 4 months.

Based on officers, the medical officers had already accepted a bribe quantity of Rs 10 lakh prior to now from the accused and on Thursday, they have been presupposed to obtain the remaining Rs eight lakh once they have been nabbed.

“The complainant within the case, who has been stored nameless, had approached us stating that the superintendent of Sola Civil Hospital had given the order to the complainant’s brother’s canteen to avail water and meals to all Covid-19 sufferers and medical workers on the hospital. The whole invoice incurred prior to now 4 months was Rs 1.18 crore. Initially, the accused had demanded 30% reduce to clear the invoice. Nonetheless, later they agreed at Rs 16 lakh as their fee they usually additionally acquired Rs 10 lakh prior to now. Then they additional demanded Rs 2 lakh from the complainant in trade of offering three years’ tender to his brother’s canteen. We now have recovered the bribe quantity from the docs and detained them. Their Covid-19 check has been performed. They are going to be arrested formally after the outcomes are out,” stated G V Padheriya, assistant director, ACB.

As per ACB, each the accused officers have been serving for greater than 15 years on the hospital.

“Our subsequent step now can be to hint the remaining Rs 10 lakh which the accused had taken prior to now,” added Padheriya.

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