Court denies bail to tainted LNJP doctors
A city court has dismissed the bail plea of two doctors arrested for their alleged involvement in a medical equipment supply scam.delhi Updated: May 23, 2012 00:33 IST
A city court has dismissed the bail plea of two doctors arrested for their alleged involvement in a medical equipment supply scam.
Special judge BR Kedia dismissed the bail applications of Dr VK Ramteke and Dr Manmohan Singh Chopra "keeping in mind the seriousness of the allegation and gravity of offence".
Dr Ramteke is director-professor and head of the department (Surgery) at the city's LNJP Hospital while Dr Chopra is a retired medical superintendent of the same hospital.
The duo is accused of purchasing medical products at a higher rate than the market price in connivance with some medicine and equipment suppliers, causing heavy financial loss to the government exchequer.
The Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of Delhi Police arrested the duo on May 15 and charged them under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The prosecution had contended that the case was at the stage of investigation and the estimated financial loss to the government might be of several crores of rupees. Some of the items were priced exorbitantly and were never supplied allegedly due to disputes between the hospital officials and suppliers on sharing of illegal margin.