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Raid at Kota’s new medical college, ACB smell purchase scam

‘Electrical accessories purchased at exorbitant rates’

The acb team inspecting documents at the new medical college campus at Kota on Thursday.

Udaipur : A sudden raid by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) at the new medical college campus at Kota on Thursday left the staff and doctors in a tizzy. The ACB sleuths sealed the store-room and seized purchase records of two years to verify complains regarding procurement of electrical equipments and other accessories at exorbitant rates. Taking a suo-motu cognizance on media reports about gross anomalies by the purchase committee of the medical college, Dr Kiran Kang, SP (ACB) instructed the team to conduct a sudden search that was held afternoon.

“Our team raided the new campus, since the store keeper was away, we couldn’t check the stock so the store was sealed by our men. We have taken their purchase records of the current and last year and found that many of the items have been purchased at exorbitant prices” ChandraSheel Thakur, the additional SP told Udaipur Kiran. As per the government rules, any purchase for an amount less than 1 lakh rupees could be made through calling limited tender. In such cases, favoritism prevails as the authorities notify such tenders to suppliers in their good books.

However, rules state, any purchase exceeding amount of 10 thousand rupees, needs to be ratified and signed by the purchase committee members, but, here the committee chairman wasn’t aware of these purchases as his signatures weren’t found on any of the bills, Thakur said. There had been two tenders for 83 thousand and 63 thousand rupees each wherein accessories like switches, bulbs, screws and refrigerating items had been procured above maximum retail prices (MRP). “ Once we get hold of the equipments, we will testify their quality and price as that in the market. It will also be seen who all are involved in the commissioning scam including the role of the superintendent and principal of the medical college” the officer said.

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