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Army doctor illegally obtained assets worth Rs. 95 lakh, says CBI

Bhartesh Singh Thakur, Hindustan Times  Panchkula, February 25, 2014
First Published: 19:19 IST(25/2/2014) | Last Updated: 19:21 IST(25/2/2014)

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has chargesheeted an army doctor Col VS Yadav (retd) for illegally obtaining assets worth over Rs. 95 lakh during his posting at Military Hospital, Ambala.

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The CBI has pointed out that during his posting at the hospital from 1997 to 2011, he had accumulated assets disproportionate to his income worth Rs. 95.32 lakh.

The CBI had caught Yadav red-handed in October 2011 after he allegedly took a bribe of Rs. 10,000 for declaring a candidate medically fit for recruitment into the army.

Yadav was an ENT specialist at the hospital, who had declared Paramjit Singh, a resident of Sangrur, medically unfit in the test conducted at the Military Hospital in the forenoon of October 8, 2011. In the afternoon, the candidate met the doctor at his residence where he demanded a bribe of Rs. 10,000. After the receipt of the bribe, the doctor had declared the candidate medically fit, as per the CBI.  He was then arrested with the bribe amount.   

Yadav retired on October 31, 2011.

Besides probing the case of corruption, the CBI also started investigations into his movable and immovable assets. It recently submitted the chargesheet stating that the army doctor had assets worth Rs. 5.98 lakh at the start of the check period (1997) and it was Rs. 1.69 crore at the end of the check period in 2011 when he was arrested. It was found that he illegally obtained wealth amounting to Rs. 95.32 lakh.

Yadav, who got the bail in a bribe case on November 18, 2011, on a surety of Rs. 1 lakh, filed for anticipatory bail after the CBI filed the chargesheet in the disproportionate assets case. Opposing the anticipatory bail application on Monday, CBI counsel DS Chawla submitted, "The accused has to surrender and seek a regular bail. The court has issued notice to the accused and he should appear before the court." The CBI special court, Haryana, is yet to announce its order on the anticipatory bail.

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