Patna vigilance court issues warrant of arrest against 12 doctors in Kaimur NRHM scam
Dr Punit Kumar Singh, son of former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) minister Jagadanand, is among 23 accused facing arrest for alleged financial irregularities committed between 2009 and 2012.india Updated: May 24, 2017 16:23 IST
A vigilance court in Patna on Friday issued non-bailable warrant of arrest against 23 persons, including 12 doctors, in the Rs 6.33-crore National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam in Kaimur district of southwest Bihar.
Dr Punit Kumar Singh, son of former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) minister Jagadanand Singh, was among 12 doctors facing arrest for alleged financial irregularities committed between 2009 and 2012, Kaimur superintendent of police (SP) Harpreet Kaur said on Saturday.
Singh had unsuccessfully contested the recent election to Bihar legislative council from Gaya graduate constituency as an RJD candidate.
Kaur said the 23 accused were facing charges under Sections 420 (punishment for cheating), 409 (criminal breach of trust), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471(using forged document), 120B (criminal conspiracy), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) and 34 (common intention) of Indian Penal Code and Section 13(1)(D) of Prohibition of Corruption Act.
“The audit report of the State Health Society, Bihar, showed that payments under NRHM had been made for fake tubectomy procedures and deliveries. Some of the doctors were found to have conducted more than one tubectomy procedure and facilitating delivery on a single woman,” Kaur, who had ordered a detailed investigation in the matter while reviewing the case last year, said.
“The report had pointed out that 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. Surprisingly, she 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, the report added. At least 11 women delivered children five to 12 times in four months, besides undergoing tubectomy seven to 11 times in the same period,” deputy superintendent of police Dilip Kumar Jha, the investigating officer of the case, said.
“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 quoted the report as saying.
The scam was detected in 2011 when the audit team of State Health Society found embezzlement of NRHM fund.
The report had pointed out that 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...
The scam was detected in 2011 when the audit team of State Health Society found embezzlement of NRHM fund
First Published: May 20, 2017 18:31 IST