The state government has decided to prosecute only one former Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Jalgaon, Ramesh Chaudhary, for allegedly submitting fake or inflated medical bills and cheating the state ex-chequer. It has let 14 other former and present MLAs and Members of Legislative Council (MLC) off the hook.
Questioning the government's decision to lodge a first information report (FIR) only against Chaudhary, acting Chief Justice J.N. Patel asked: “How offence is not made out against the others? Lawmakers should know what the law is… or it will be defeating your own cause.”
Arguing on behalf of the state, Advocate General Ravi Kadam told the court they had decided to lodge an FIR only against Chaudhary as recommended by a high-powered committee.
Stating that they were just complying with the high court's order asking them to take action as recommended by the committee, Kadam said: “The committee has not recommended anyone except Chaudhary.”
The committee sent its report to the Health Department which will take action against the others if required, said Kadam.
The committee had only recommended civil and criminal action against Chaudhary.
Jamshed Mistry, advocate for Janhit Manch, a city-based non-profit organisation told the court that two doctors who allegedly abetted the crime by giving fake medical bills, had been suspended.