‘Managers’ of Jhajjhar-based medical college paid Rs 1 crore to middlemen for getting ban reversed
Kunwar Nishant Singh and his father Narender Singh managed affair of the World College of Medical Sciences and Research and Hospital in Jhajjhar, Haryana, which was among 46 medical institutes barred this year by the government.Updated: Oct 04, 2017 11:40 IST
Two alleged managers of a Haryana-based medical college paid Rs 1 crore to two alleged Noida-based middlemen to get the ban on their ‘sub-standard’ institute overturned by the Union ministry of health, the Central Bureau of Investigation has said.
The CBI informed a special court in Ghaziabad about the recovery of Rs 1 crore from Vinod Kumar Sharma and his son Vaibhav when their bail applications came up for hearing a few weeks ago.
According to the CBI’s First Information Report, Kunwar Nishant Singh and his father Narender Singh managed affair of the World College of Medical Sciences and Research and Hospital in Jhajjhar, Haryana, which was among 46 medical institutes barred this year by the government from admitting students for a year or two due to sub-standard facilities.
The FIR said Nishant and his father Narendra Singh held regular meetings in Delhi “to get the orders of debarment overturned through the ministry” and that they contacted many people, including the Sharmas, who said they could help bribe government officials.
When the accused applied for the bail in the special CBI court in Ghaziabad, the agency submitted that Kunwar Nishant Singh paid Rs 1 crore in two instalments of Rs 50 lakh each on August 3 to Vinod Kumar Sharma and Vaibhav at their residence in Noida.
According to the CBI’s submission to the court, the first instalment of Rs 50 lakh was paid by Kunwar Nishant Singh in the morning and was trapped by agency sleuths in the evening when he returned to the Sharmas’ residence to pay the second instalment.
The CBI recovered the alleged bribe money at the instance of Vinod Kumar Sharma. Following the recovery of the money, the agency arrested Nishant and the Sharma duo on August 4.
During the arguments on bail, Nishant Singh and Vaibhav Sharma claimed the money recovered by the CBI was intended for a joint business venture and was not a bribe.
But the judge declined to release the accused on bail.
Besides the case of the Jhajjhar-based college, the CBI has also opened an investigation against a Lucknow-based institution on the charges of trying to get judicial relief in the Supreme Court through a former high court judge IM Quddusi.
The college is also among 46 medical institutes barred by the government.
First Published: Oct 04, 2017 11:39 IST