Two medical officers at Sola Civil Hospital have been nabbed while accepting a bribe of Rs8 lakh from a canteen contractor.
The two doctors had demanded Rs8 lakh from the contractor to clear his Rs1.18 crore of pending bill dues for the supply of food, water and tea to COVID-19 patients under treatment at the hospital.
A team of the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) nabbed the two red-handed while accepting the bribe. The two have been identified as Medical officer and in-charge RMO Dr Upendra Patel and Dr Shailesh Patel.
The contractor had approached the doctors after his bill of Rs1.18 crore had not been cleared. He had been given the contract of providing food, water and teat to COVID-19 patients in the hospital.
Why Sola Civil doctors demanded bribe?
The bill could be cleared only after RMO Dr Upendra Patel and Dr Shailesh Patel put their signature approving the same.
Initially, the two had demanded 30% of the bill amount but later agreed to 16% of the bill amount as a bribe to clear the bill.
The two had taken Rs10 lakh in two instalments. They had demanded the rest of the Rs6 lakh and an additional Rs2 lakh to clear the tender to approve the canteen services of the complainant’s brother.
The accused then approached the ACB and they laid a trap for the two. The two doctors of Sola Civil were caught red-handed accepting the bribe. The two have been detained and have been sent for COVID-19 testing and will be arrested later.
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