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24 booked for producing fake medical papers to claim aid under CM relief fund in Haryana

The accused were booked following an investigation by the chief medical officer, who is ascertaining the possibility of a racket behind the scam.

india Updated: Sep 01, 2018 15:23 IST
Neeraj Mohan
Neeraj Mohan
Hindustan Times, Karnal
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Police said the accused, most of whom are labourers, claimed fake documents to the tune of ₹92.95 lakh to avail the chief minister relief fund in June this year.(Shutterstock)

Kaithal police have booked 24 people, including 15 women, for allegedly producing false papers to claim compensation to the tune of ₹93 lakh under the chief minister’s relief fund. The accused were booked following an investigation by the chief medical officer, who found that they had produced fake documents of critical illnesses such as cancer, heart attack and kidney failure.

Police say the accused, most of whom are labourers, have been booked under Sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 467 (forgery of valuable security, will), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471(using as genuine a forged document) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Kaithal CMO Dr Surender Nain said that the Kaithal deputy commissioner had assigned him the task of carrying out the verification of patients making claims for the chief minister relief fund in June this year. During investigation, he found that their documents were fake.

He said that 24 people used fake documents to the tune of ₹92.95 lakh from the government claiming to be suffering from critical illnesses. On whether there is a racket behind this as most of the accused are labourers from the district, the CMO said, “The possibility of racket cannot be ruled out but we are investigating the matter.”

He said that some people even used bogus medical reports from hospitals, which do not exist and forwarded their applications for the claims.

When contacted Kaithal police superintendent (SP) Astha Modi said an FIR has been registered and probe has started. “However, the money had not been transferred to the beneficiaries yet but the involvement of more people cannot be ruled out,” said the SP.

First Published: Sep 01, 2018 13:36 IST