CBI gets police custody of 2 Tata Hospital officials
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday got the police custody of two officials of Tata Memorial Hospital who were arrested in connection with illegal sale of cancer medicines.
The special CBI court had on Thursday remanded Y.B. Dixit, officer in charge of Dispensary and P.B. Dhake, a pharmacist, to judicial custody (JC) until May 20.
However, on Friday, the CBI moved an application to convert the JC into police custody, which the court accepted. The two will now remain in police custody till Monday.
A CBI official said, “We told the court that it is yet to be ascertained that who purchased the siphoned cancer medicines and how and where the accused invested the money earned.”
On Wednesday, the CBI had arrested Dixit and Dhake, along with two other pharmacists, Namita Deshpande and Leena Nakhare, from the hospital.
All were produced before the special court on Thursday, which released Deshpande and Nakhare on bail. However, CBI pleaded for police custody of Dixit and Dhake when the court was going to hear their bail plea.
According to the CBI, the four prepared fake memos and delivery notes to show that medicines were issued to different wards of the hospital, staff and doctors. During investigation the CBI found that there was no physical delivery of medicines.
The accused also made fake memos to show that medicines were given to some needy patients. On investigation, the CBI found that about 25 such patients had died long back.
Some of the medicines sold illegally included “Fungizone” and “Fungisone” which costs Rs 6,000 to Rs 15,000 a dose. The CBI also found that the racket was on for four years and is estimated it to be worth more than Rs 100 crore.