Ambulance fraud case: Son of ex-minister among 3 named in CBI charge sheet
Ravi Krishna, the son of former Union minister of overseas Indian affairs Vayalar Ravi, has been charged with criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery by CBI in the casejaipur Updated: Jun 05, 2018 20:02 IST
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a chargesheet against three persons, including the son of a former Union minister, in an case of alleged fraud in a tender for ambulance services in Rajasthan.
Ravi Krishna, the son of former Union minister of overseas Indian affairs Vayalar Ravi, and two former executives of Ziqitza Health Care Ltd were charged with criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery. Krishna is a former director of Ziqitza, which is based in Mumbai. Amit Antony Alex, a former employee, and Sweta Mangal, a former director, were the others charged.
Investigation is pending against several others, including former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee head Sachin Pilot, former state health minister AA Khan and Karti Chidambaram (son of former finance minister P Chidambaram), a CBI release said.
In July 2014, BJP leader Pankaj Joshi lodged an FIR against Ziqitza over alleged irregularities in the manner in which a tender for ambulance services in Rajasthan was awarded. He accused the firm of deploying 450 ambulances in 33 districts and claiming money from the National Rural Health Mission on the basis of forged documents.
Joshi also alleged that the number of trips made per ambulance were not defined in the tender.
In a statement , Naresh Jain, CEO of Ziqitza , said the company has always abided by the laws, the processes and procedures laid down by various government bodies with respect to ambulance services and all activities undertaken by it. Jain said the company will continue to co-operate with all investigation agencies. “Ziqitza Health Care is confident that the company’s credentials and that of its former directors and former employee will be fully established through due process of law,” the statement said.
The case, registered at Jaipur’s Ashok Nagar police station, was transferred to the CBI on August 28, 2015. Subsequently, the enforcement directorate (ED) registered a money laundering case against the directors of Ziqitza and raided the company’s offices. On April 3, 2017, the ED attached the properties of Ziqitza and its directors under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act-2002.
Note: This story has been updated to clarify that the former Ziqitza executive named in the story, Amit Antony Alex, is not related to a former Union minister.
First Published: Jun 05, 2018 14:50 IST