A senior medical officer (SMO) posted at the community health centre, Goniana Mandi, in this district has been fined Rs 2.14 lakh for theft of electricity at the alleged private clinic he ran at his house.
Officials of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) on Friday conducted a raid at the house and found that he had taken a direct illegal electricity connection.
The PSPCL officials mentioned in their report that the theft of electricity was being done at the "private clinic" of Dr Avtar Singh situated on the ground floor, that had four rooms, a big hall having 10 beds, separate toilets for men and women and a reception counter, whereas the doctor lived on the first floor.
Sub-divisional officer Surinderpal Singh Gill, however, said, "The doctor has been fined more than Rs 2 lakh for power theft but we did not find a clinic there."
When contacted, chief medical officer Dr Ajay Sahni said he was ignorant about the government doctor running a private clinic. He said, "I am not aware that the SMO has been fined for electricity theft. It is illegal if a government doctor indulges in private practice. Six months ago, we conducted a raid but found no doctor indulging in private practice."