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Gujarat High court grants bail to doctor accused in Sola Civil Hospital bribery case

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The Gujarat High Court has granted bail to Dr. Upendra Patel of Sola Civil Hospital, who was caught red-handed accepting a bribe of Rs8 lakh to clear pending food bills of Rs1.18 crore.

The advocate appearing for the accused, Dr. Upendra Patel, submitted before the court that in all Rs16 lakh was allegedly paid as a bribe as per the FIR.

Of this, the co-accused accepted Rs10 lakhs while the applicant accepted Rs 6 lakhs and Rs2 lakhs for renewal of the canteen contract.

The counsel argued that the co-­accused, who has been released on bail, has a greater role than the present applicant and therefore the applicant should also be released on bail.

The applicant is ready to cooperate with the investigation in respect of some tests which are required to be undertaken in accordance with the law, the counsel said.

The Gujarat High Court while granting bail to the accused doctor observed that the charge-sheet has been filed in the case and hence directed the accused to furnish a personal bond of Rs 10,000 as a surety deposit before the trial court.

Earlier, the same court had granted bail to Dr. Shailesh Patel who was co-accused in the case.

What is the Sola Civil Hospital bribery case?

According to the Anti Corruption Bureau, the complainant’s brother was given a contract to supply meals and snacks to staff and doctors working in the COVID ward of Sola Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad.

The pending bills amounted to over Rs1 crore and for clearing this bill the senior doctors allegedly sought Rs8 lakh as a bribe. They were caught red-handed while accepting the bribe.

 

 

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