Tuesday January 22, 2019

Irregular medical purchase lands AIIMS director in trouble

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New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) claimed that a senior doctor and the director of AIIMS were responsible for the irregular purchase of medical supplies. CBI made the accusations in its submitted verification report

The CBI mentioned in a ‘self-contained note’ given to the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s Chief Vigilance Officer that AIIMS may take action, ‘as deemed fit’ against Dr Amit Gupta, additional professor and Dr MC Misra, the head of surgery department at Apex Trauma Centre AIIMS who is now AIIMS director.

The then CVO of AIIMS Sanjiv Chaturvedi had alleged criminal misconduct by Assistance Store Officer TR Mahajan at JPNA Trauma Centre, AIIMS, and by Dr Amit Gupta in the purchase of two items, fogging solution and disinfectants, from companies whose sole distributor was a firm owned by the son and daughter-in-law of the store officer.

The complaint also stated that the purchases were made by avoiding the General Financial Rules (GFR) provisions and inspiring the provisions relating to proprietary items.

“Dr Amit Gupta signed the proprietary certificate dated 6th November 2012 in respect to Cleanex Floor Disinfectant and another propriety certificate dated 14th March 2013 in respect of Ultrasan Aerox Fogging Solution. However, these certificates which were initially for one-time purchase were repeatedly used by the store officer for placing repeat orders without going through any tendering process or a fresh Proprietary Certificate,” the verification report of the CBI stated.

“The store officer used the proprietary certificate of Dr Amit Gupta repeatedly to obtain approval of the head of the department, Dr MC Misra, who didn’t object to the same,” it further stated.

They also observed errors during the verification of Dr Misra and Dr Gupta due to the misconduct done by the store officer.

“Dr Amit Gupta declared Cleanex Floor Disinfectant and Aerox Fogging Solution, products of Aspetix Netherlands as proprietary in nature in an ad hoc manner without adequate care and purchases were made in spite of the existing rate contract of the main hospital. Dr MC Misra approved the use of the aforesaid proprietary certificate for repeated purchases without due diligence,” the report states.

“AIIMS has zero tolerance for corruption. Statutory compliances of CVC guidelines are being ensured. Timely audit of all procurement is being done. A joint secretary in the ministry holds charge of the post of CVO, AIIMS. The institute has a strong commitment for a transparent and clean administration. The CVO has not pointed out any procedural lapses in the handling of corruption cases. The institute has also submitted its replies to the Delhi HC on the case.”, Dr Amit Gupta, spokesperson of AIIMS assured.(inputs from agencies)

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The Congress on Tuesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the Supreme Court reinstated Alok Verma as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director, saying he has been exposed for "destroying" the premier investigating agency.

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The Congress on Tuesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the Supreme Court reinstated Alok Verma as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director, saying he has been exposed for “destroying” the premier investigating agency.

“Modi adds another first to his list. After being the first Prime Minister to be exposed destroying the CBI before the Supreme Court, after having ruined the CVC’s (Central Vigilance Commission) credibility (requiring supervision by former SC judge), Modi has now become first Prime Minister to have his illegal orders set aside by the Supreme Court,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said in a series of tweets.

His remarks came soon after the Supreme Court judgment pronounced on a plea by Verma and NGO Common Cause challenging the government’s decision on the intervening night of October 23-24 to divest Verma of his charge as head of the investigating agency.

Reminding Modi that the government comes and goes but the integrity of the institutions survive, Surjewala hoped that the judgement would be a “lesson” to the Prime Minister about the strength of country’s democracy and the Constitution.

“Modiji please remember, governments have come and gone. Integrity of our institutions have survived. Let this be a lesson to you about the strength of our democracy and the Constitution. Let this be a lesson that howsoever despotic you may be, law catches up in the end,” he said.

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Firing salvo at Prime Minister, the Congress leader said: “After making CBI Chief suffer the consequences of your illegal decision for three months, will you show the courage to return three months of lost tenure? Unless you are afraid of investigation into Rafale scam.

“Modi equals to ‘Muzzling of Democratic Institutions’. First, you lose four economic advisors in a row including two RBI Governors. Second, four Supreme Court judges go public on Judge (B.H.) Loya, then you destroy credibility and competence of the CBI and CVC. This is your model of ‘minimum governance, maximum government’,” he added.

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Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi questioned the Supreme Court verdict asking what has changed now.

“Before the Supreme Court verdict; Alok Verma didn’t have powers of CBI Chief, couldn’t take any decision on policy or investigation. After Supreme Court verdict: Ditto,” Singhvi tweeted. (IANS)