The directorate of health and family welfare has summoned purchase records of Shaheed Babu Labh Singh civil hospital in 2015, when former civil surgeon Dr RL Bassan was the medical superintendent of the hospital.
In its probe into the purchase of electronics and other products at the civil surgeon’s office between 2012 and 2014, vigilance bureau (VB) had questioned Dr Bassan on March 22.
A ‘warning’ letter addressed to the present medical superintendent of the hospital reads, “We are giving you a last chance to come with entire records on Friday (September 9) at 10 am in the office in room number 311. Any delay will invite action against concern official and employees.”
When HT contacted health director Dr HS Bali, he said the inquiry is on and he will reveal the details after checking the records. Medical superintendent Dr Varinder Singh said, “We are sending the concern records to the director’s office in Chandigarh on Friday.”
Meanwhile, sources said similar letters were sent to the medical superintendent in June, July, and August but purchase record for the said period were never sent to the Chandigarh office.
HT has some copies of the VAT invoices purportedly issued by the surgical firm Dev Surgical Industries. The firm owner had claimed that his company did not deal in such products.
As per invoice number 28, the civil surgeon’s office had purchased an LCD computer, an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system, a printer and a central processing unit (CPU) with a DVD writer from the firm. An invoice of Rs 38,867 was issued to the office with Rs 2,217 as VAT by the firm.
The VB recorded statements of nine members who were part of the then purchasing committees including district health officer Dr Jasbir Singh; district family and welfare officer Dr Gurmeet Kaur; then assistant civil surgeons Dr BS Multani, Dr M Bali, and Dr Tarsem Singh; then Jandiala senior medical officer Dr Varinder; medical officer Dr Surinder Kumar; then epidemiologist Dr Satish Kumar, recently shifted account officer Sanjiv Kumar; storekeeper Raj Pal and employees of all community and primary health centres.