Former Madhya Pradesh Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi has been booked by the Special Police Establishment (SPE) for corruption charges in two cases of drug purchase during his tenure.
Besides Vishnoi, cases were also registered against two IAS officers and four senior state government officials in this regard by the SPE yesterday on a complaint lodged by a social activist Indira Iyengar, SPE sources said.
Two IAS officers Principal Secretary M M Upadhyaya and Secretary Rajesh Rajora were booked in the case along with Directors in the Health department Yogiraj Sharma and Ashok Sharma, Joint Director Ashok Veerang and Administrative officer M S Mathur, sources said.
SPE found that the drugs were unnecessarily purchased to benefit a private company, misusing the office, they said.
The first case relates to purchase of medicines worth Rs 32 lakh in 2007 for which the State government had an agreement with the Central government that it would not purchase them while the second case relates to purchase of streptomycin (anti-TB drug) worth more than Rs 37 lakhs, they added.
In March 2007, Central officials, monitoring the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP), during their field visits to Madhya Pradesh had found that the state was purchasing streptomycin injections while they were being supplied under the programme.