During the ongoing campaign against corruption in the state, the Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) has registered a corruption case against five accused. Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) booked a doctor and his assistant for taking bribes in lieu of issuing a fake medico-legal report (MLR).
One of the accused, who has been a class IV employee at the Ferozepur Civil Hospital, has been arrested.
Disclosing this today, a spokesperson of the state Vigilance Bureau (VB) said in this case, five accused have been booked under IPC Sections 7, 7-A of the Prevention of Corruption Act and 193, 465, 466, 471, and 120-B. This includes Dr. Shashi Bhushan, posted at the civil hospital in Ferozepur, and his assistant, Ram Prasad alias Chotu, a class IV employee in the hospital, besides three private persons identified as Rekha, her father Shammi, and mother Asha, all residents of Khateek Mandi, Ferozepur Cantonment.
He further added that during the investigation of a complaint, it was found that Tarsem, the complainant, had a quarrel with his wife Rekha in which his right-hand bone and left leg bone were broken by his in-laws on July 9, 2020. A case in this regard was registered at Ferozepur police station against his wife Rekha, mother-in-law Asha, father-in-law Sammi, and brother-in-law Sonu.
Tarsem informed the VB that on February 24, 2021, he had checked through his mobile phone application that his wife Rekha and her family members were giving a bribe to the above-mentioned class IV employee, Ram Prasad alias Chhotu, which was to be handed over to Dr. Bhushan for issuing a fake medico-legal report so as to register a forged case against the complainant, Tarsem.
Ram Prasad, alias Chotu, was playing the role of middleman in the negotiations for accepting and further passing the bribe to Dr. Bhushan.
The spokesperson said that based on this false medico-legal report, a police case was registered against Tarsem and his father, Rafiq. During the investigation, the said medico-legal report was found to be false, according to the records obtained from the Civil Hospital Ferozepur.
Tarsem submitted a CD to the Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) as evidence against the above-mentioned family members of his in-laws, including Ram Prasad and Dr. Shashi Bhushan, which established the falsehood of issuing a fake medical certificate in lieu of taking a huge bribe from the said accused.
A VB spokesperson further informed that, based on an investigation by VB Range Ferozepur, this case has been registered against all the accused and an employee, Ram Prasad. Now, the VB is on the hunt to arrest the remaining accused. Further investigation into this case is in progress.
(Input from various sources)