Noida Authority officials say district hospital chief medical superintendent (CMS) Ashok Mishra and her wife Meena Mihsra, who are not traceable for a month, flouted rules by working in the same office.
Meena, who was a senior consultant in the same hospital, held the post of CMS till recently. Her husband is allegedly named in an FIR lodged in connection with the National Rural Health Mission (NHRM) scam in Uttar Pradesh.
"The couple have gone missing, not seen or heard of in the last one month," a senior authority official said on Wednesday.Noida too has had its share of NRHM controversies. CBI officials have been coming to Noida to question additional chief medical officer (CMO) Shashi Kumari, whose husband and then CMO Vinod Arya was shot in 2010 in Lucknow.
Shashi was joint director in the same department as her husband when the tragedy took place. She requested and got a transfer to Noida after Arya's murder "to safeguard the future of her children".
"It was tough to start a new life. But her children kept her going. Initially, she kept to herself and was terribly depressed but things are improving now. She has always maintained she would cooperate with the CBI in all possible ways to bring the culprits to justice," the source confided.
A senior official of the Noida authority said on Wednesday they would write to the health secretary in Lucknow to inform about the doctor couple.
As part of a surprise check, authority officials visited the hospital where doctors told them that the couple "was missing." "They are not at their official residence in Noida. Ashok was CMO in Kanpur, so we tried locating them there but without success," said an official.
The scam surfaced in 2011 after the murder of CMOs Vinod Arya and B P Singh in Lucknow. Bureaucrats and politicians allegedly embezzled crores of rupees meant to improve rural health facilities in Uttar Pradesh.