Maha govt to prosecute former MLA for bogus medical bills
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 21:52
Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Wednesday informed the High Court that it will prosecute a former member of the Legislative assembly for submitting bogus medical bills.

Ramesh Chaudhary (Congress), a former MLA from Jalgaon, would be prosecuted as the committee appointed by Speaker of the Assembly and the Chairman of the Legislative Council had recommended action under the criminal law against him, government pleader G W Matos said.

FIR will be filed at Jalgaon, he said.

MLAs and their dependent relatives get reimbursement of medical bills, but a PIL filed by city-based Janhit Manch had alleged that in many cases fake bills are submitted.

A high-powered committee was later appointed to scrutinise bills passed in the last four years, and it was found that many bills should not have been passed. The total amount reimbursed against such bills was over Rs 40 lakh.

Chaudhary's case was found to be most outrageous. He had claimed Rs 20,82,285 in reimbursement.

Following the government's statement on Chaudhary, High Court today disposed of the PIL.


First Published: Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 21:52

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