Chargesheet filed against 23 in Rs 6.33-crore Bihar NRHM scam
A former Kaimur civil surgeon is among 23 persons who have been chargesheeted for alleged financial irregularities between 2008 and 2011.india Updated: Jul 20, 2017 14:25 IST
A chargesheet has been filed against 23 persons in the Rs 6.33-crore National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam that was detected in Bihar’s Kaimur district, 204 km southwest of Patna.
Police said the then Kaimur civil surgeon, then NRHM district programme manager (DPM), then NRHM district account manager (DAM) and seven doctors were among those chargesheeted for alleged financial irregularities between 2008 and 2011.
The 7200-page chargesheet, that also named 25 persons as witnesses, was submitted by Kaimur deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Dilip Kumar Jha, who was the investigating officer, in a designated vigilance court in Patna on July 14.
Jha said then civil surgeon Dr Uchit Lal Mandal, then DPM Shahid Kamal, then DAM Kamalesh Kumar Verma and other accused had been charged under Indian Penal Code sections 420 (punishment for cheating), 409 (criminal breach of trust), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for cheating), 471(using forged document), 120B (criminal conspiracy), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) and 34 (common intention) and section 13 (2) read with section 13(1)(D) of the Prohibition of Corruption Act.
The fraud surfaced after an audit report of the State Health Society, Bihar, showed that payments had been made for fake tubectomy procedures and deliveries under NRHM that seeks to provide equitable, affordable and quality health care to the rural population, especially the vulnerable groups. Some of the doctors were found conducting more than one tubectomy operations and deliveries on a single woman.
In the report a woman, Mina Devi, was shown to have given birth to 12 children within four months, besides undergoing tubectomy procedures 14 times during the same period, Jha said. “Mina Devi was 36 years of age when tubectomy was performed on November 23, 2009, but her age was shown as 29 when she gave birth to a child after four days,” Jha quoted the report as saying. “The audit report also pointed out that at least 11 women delivered children five to 12 times in four months, besides undergoing tubectomy seven to 11 times in the same period,” he added.
“One of the doctors, Dr Hira Singh, had performed tubectomy on 413 women at four hospitals, covering a distance of more than 100 km in day,” Jha said, quoting the report.
Two FIRs were registered in 2011 by then civil surgeon Dr Ras Bihari Singh. In 2016, the Patna high court, while hearing a Mandal’s petition seeking quashing of the FIRs, by ordered amalgamation of both the cases.
Kaimur superintendent of police Harpreet Kaur said during investigation charges were found true against 59 accused, including 12 doctors. “While chargesheet has been submitted in the vigilance court against 23 persons, necessary process was underway to initiate similar action against the remaining 36 accused,” she said.