Medical articles purchase scam; 2 arrested
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Last Updated: Friday, January 13, 2012, 17:01
  
New Delhi: The city police has registered two cases against two senior Delhi government officials for buying surgical gloves and other disposables for various hospitals allegedly at inflated rates from two private firms, causing a huge loss to the state exchequer.

The Crime Branch of Delhi police apprised Special Judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal about the lodging of the case against the two Health Ministry officials, both doctors while submitting the First Information Report (FIR) against them in her court.

The two officials, who have been booked by the police on a string of criminal and corruption charges, were Dr DS Rao, Chief Medical officer at the Central Procurement Agency, and Dr S Bhattacharjee, Director, Health Services.

In the two FIRs lodged against them, the two have been accused of favouring MRK Healthcare of Mumbai and Centennial Surgical Sutures of Thane in bulk purchase of surgical gloves and sutures at an exorbitant cost from them.

They have also been accused of scrapping the gloves supply contract with the Mumbai firm and then buying its product from the same firm or open market at yet higher rates.

The amount involved is to the tune of Rs one crore. In one of the FIRs, the two doctors have been accused of favouring the Mumbai firm by giving it the contract to supply surgical gloves for two years from April 2010 through one of its authorised distributors M/s Pharmatek (India) at a rather higher cost.

The FIR said while giving the gloves supply contract to the Mumbai firm, the duo did not even insist upon securing the full bank guarantee of Rs 15 lakh from it and allowed it to make a performance security deposit of Rs 3 lakh only.

Within days after getting the contract, the Mumbai firm apprised the Central Purchasing Agency that Pharmatek India has ceased to be its distributor and asked the agency to place its order directly with it.

At this, Dr Rao scrapped the gloves supply agreement with the distributor of the Mumbai's firm and asked all hospitals instead to buy the gloves either directly from the firm or from the open market, the FIR alleged.

In the process, the FIR said the state exchequer ended up loosing nearly Rs one crore as the hospitals bought the same gloves at yet higher rates.

In the second case, involving purchase of surgical threads for Maulana Ajad Medical College and Hospital, the two had awarded the contract for their supply to the Thane firm despite its rates being much higher compared to those of other bidders, the police alleged.

The Thane firm had been given the contract despite the MAMC dean, who also happened to be the chairman of the special purchase committee, objecting to it. In this case too, the state exchequer ended up loosing several lakh rupees, it claimed.

PTI


First Published: Friday, January 13, 2012, 17:01


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