The Centre’s oldest medical institute for women, Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) has paid General Provident Fund (GPF) Bills to employees that exist only on paper.
An audit ordered by the Director General of Health Services (DGHS) for the year 2010 in November exposed the fraud in which several GPF cheques issued to employees were found to be fake by the bank, which then informed DGHS officials.
Officials from the hospital and DGHS have claimed that the fraud may involve siphoning off of approximately R1.5 crore from the fund allocated to the hospital. The issue was then brought to the notice of the union health ministry. Officials at LHMC refused to comment on the matter.
While Dr GK Sharma, director, LHMC, who completed his tenure on December 13, refused to comment stating he was no longer an official in the hospital, Arun Choudhary, deputy director, administration at LHMC who was also an undersigned in all the bills provided to the police, did not take calls despite repeated attempts.
An FIR was registered in this regard at the Mandir Marg police station. The Delhi police are investigating the matter although no arrests have been made yet.
KC Dwivedi, Additional CP (New Delhi) said, “We have registered a case in the matter and investigations are underway. Several people are being questioned and things are likely to get clearer on Friday.”