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Former DMER director under ACB scanner

An ex-official of Maharashtra Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) has come under the police scanner with the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) registering an FIR against him in a medical drug procurement case.



Mumbai: An ex-official of Maharashtra
Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) has come
under the police scanner with the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)
registering an FIR against him in a medical drug procurement
case.

C P Tawre (63), former director of the DMER, had
procured an antibiotic drug for two years since 2003, without
approval and did not follow mandatory tender procedures that
caused a loss of Rs 92 lakh to the Maharashtra government,
Additional Police Commissioner (ACB) Niket Kaushik said.

Tawre, who retired in 2005, would be summoned by the
Bureau soon, he said.

DMER is an apex body that supervises the working of 42
institutions including medical and dental colleges, teaching
hospitals and health units under its purview in order to
achieve optimum academic standards.

The fraud was exposed during an audit conducted by
Audit General which pegged the loss at around Rs 92 lakh
following the procurement of antibiotic drugs worth Rs three
crore in 2003-2005, Kaushik said.

Subsequently, the government ordered ACB to conduct an
inquiry into the alleged fraudulent practices in the
procurement of the medicine, Kaushik added.

According to the inquiry, Tawre who violated the norms
and procured the medicine from a Karnataka-based firm, he said
adding the ACB is gathering more evidence aganist the former
official.

PTI

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