CBI files chargesheet against RML hospital cardiologist, surgical equipment suppliers for bribery, ET HealthWorld

CBI files chargesheet against RML hospital cardiologist, surgical equipment suppliers for bribery, ET HealthWorld


New Delhi: The CBI has filed a chargesheet against Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital cardiologist Parvathagouda Channappagouda, middlemen and surgical equipment suppliers in connection with alleged bribery in recommending stents and other equipment for surgeries, officials said on Wednesday. Apart from assistant professor Parvathagouda, the CBI has also named equipment suppliers Naresh Nagpal of Nagpal Technologies, Abrar Ahmed of Sinamed, Biotronics sales manager Akarshan Gulati and his associate Monika Sinha and others.

In the chargesheet filed before a special CBI court here within 60 days of busting the alleged bribery racket at the RML hospital, the agency has invoked sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act relating to bribery, he said.

The CBI on May 9 busted a multi-layered gang operating at the hospital and arrested nine people, including Parvathagouda.

The CBI had also arrested cardiology professor Ajay Raj, clerks Bhuwal Jaiswal and Sanjay Kumar, the hospital's cath lab in-charge Rajnish Kumar, middleman Vikas Kumar and Naresh Nagpal of medical equipment supplier Nagpal Technologies, Bharat Singh Dalal of Bharti Medical Technologies and Abrar Ahmed of Signmed.

He said that investigation into the role of other accused is still going on and the agency may file a supplementary charge sheet in the case.

The CBI FIR had alleged that Parvathagouda was extorting bribes from medical equipment and stent suppliers for recommending their products to patients undergoing treatment at the government hospital.

Parvatha Gowda allegedly asked the medical suppliers to pay the bribe as soon as possible. According to the CBI, on May 2, he demanded a bribe of Rs 2.48 lakh from Nagpal, for which Nagpal assured him that he would pay the bribe.

The CBI claimed that on April 23, Parvatha Gowda asked Ahmed to pay the entire bribe as soon as possible as he was going to Europe for summer vacation. The CBI has alleged that Ahmed had earlier paid Rs 1.95 lakh in March into an account operated by Parvatha Gowda's father Basant Gowda.

He allegedly made a similar demand from another medical supplier Akarshan Gulati, who told the doctor that one of his employees would make the payment. Parvatagouda contacted the employee and asked him to pay Rs 36,000 through UPI and the rest in cash, the probe agency had said.

  • Published on July 10, 2024 at 06:14 PM IST

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