Thursday, Jun 30, 2022

Rajasthan ACB Arrests Govt Hospital Official, 2 Others for Taking Bribes

The financial advisor of a government hospital here and two others were arrested for allegedly taking bribes of Rs 15.6 lakh, Rajasthan Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials said.

A 93-year-old Dr P C Dandiya at the vaccination centre of SMS hospital in Jaipur. Tabeenah Anjum

The accused were arrested under the Prevention of Corruption Act on Thursday night, they said. The accused had demanded a bribe of Rs 5 crore to clear a bill for installing a radiotherapy machine in Sawai Man Singh Hospital from the complainant, who runs a private hospital, ACB Director General B L Soni said on Friday.

After verification of the complaint, a trap was laid, and SMS Hospital's financial advisor Brijbhushan Sharma was arrested while accepting a bribe of Rs 7.80 lakh. Two officers of the Rajasthan Medicare Relief Society (RMRS) of SMS Hospital -- cashier Ajay Sharma and assistant accounts officer Prakash Sharma -- were also arrested while taking another bribe of Rs 7.80 lakh, Soni said.

He said that the medical officer-in-charge of RMRS-SMS Hospital, Adhokakshaz Joshi, was also detained in connection with the matter. During a search, Soni said, unaccounted cash worth Rs 50 lakh was recovered from the house of Ajay Sharma. He said that further searches at residences and other premises of the accused are underway.