Medical articles purchase scam; 2 arrested

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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