The health secretary of Jharkhand, a senior official of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), faces a corruption charge with the police filing a First Information Report (FIR) in this regard Wednesday.
The FIR was lodged against Health Secretary Pradeep Kumar and six others in connection with the appointment of indigenous doctors under a scheme known as AYUSH. More than 120 AYUSH doctors were appointed last year. Under the plan, the state government appoints doctors of Ayurveda, Yunani and Homeopathy.
"The FIR has been lodged against Dr. Pradeep Kumar and others because of a complaint by Dr. Rajesh Kumar, a resident of Jamshedpur. We will investigate the case and do the needful as per the law," Hari Chandra Singh, officer in charge of Dornda police station in Ranchi, told.
Rajesh Kumar complained that the list of AYUSH doctors was changed and his name was deleted from the new list. He believes his name went missing because he failed to pay a sum of money demanded by the officials.
Besides Pradeep Kumar, the FIR has been lodged against Jagannath Tripathy, director of AYUSH, Vijay Kumar Dutt, Siyaram Paswan, Yudeshwar Prasad and Krishnanand Prasad, all of whom are officials in the health department, plus Rajesh Kumar, a lawyer.
They have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including cheating.
IANS / August 5th, 2009
Vigilance sleuths Friday raided the houses of former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda and three ex-ministers in a corruption case
The ex-ministers whose houses were searched by the vigilance sleuths are Kamlesh Singh (Nationalist Congress Party), Bandhu Tirkey (Independent) and Bhanu Pratap Sahi (Independent).
The vigilance department had lodged a first information report (FIR) July 2 against Koda and the three former ministers following a directive by the vigilance court.
The court directed the vigilance department to lodge an FIR while it was hearing a petition filed by Rajiv Sharma who had charged Koda (Independent) and the ex-ministers of amassing wealth beyond their known sources of income.
"We are searching the residences of Koda and the three ex-ministers to find documents relating to their assets," an official of the vigilance department told IANS.
While his house was being searched, Tirkey told reporters: "We want the cases lodged against us to be investigated fast. If we are found guilty then we should be punished. The cases should not linger on for a long period of time."
Meanwhile, two former Ministers, Enos Ekka and Harinarayn Rai are absconding despite arrest warrants being issued against them last month.
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