Police probe indicted Congress govt in Ambulance scam

  • Rashpal Singh, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Oct 21, 2014 21:34 IST

The previous Congress government helped Ziqitza healthcare, a private firm, to get contracts to operate ambulances and turned a blind eye to several instances of irregularities in billing and purchase of medical items, a Rajasthan police investigation had concluded.

The police report, a copy of which is with HT, became the basis of the case being handed over first to the CID and now to the CBI. The state home department wrote to the Centre on Tuesday asking for the CBI to investigate the case.

The initial probe was conducted by Ashok Nagar police following which an FIR was lodged in June this year. The report said the police collected documents from National Rural Health Mission, which controlled the ambulance operations, and concluded that Ziqitza got tenders by influencing senior political leaders, produced several fake bills, showed several trips for one patient, double bills for the same trip and even got payment by producing photocopies of bills.

Former CM Ashok Gehlot and former health minister AA Khan are on the radar as the report points out that the government intentionally put some technical specifications in the tender due to which companies, other than Ziqitza, became ineligible for the contracts.

Before Ziqitza, the ambulance service was being operated by EMRI (emergency management and research institute) but its tender was scrapped by the government on April 4, 2010, citing some irregularities in its functioning and payments.

Thereafter, the tender was given to Ziqitza for three years and the company paid Rs 88 crore for the services, the police report states.

In several instances, the log books showed an ambulance at a spot and at a specific time though the call to the ambulance control room was made after that time.

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