23 January, 2021

Anatomy Of A Cover-Up

Apollo's clean chit to Rahul Mahajan is consistent with its less-than-clean history

Ravi Shankaran
Anatomy Of A Cover-Up
Dr Prathap C. Reddy, executive chairman and the man behind the Apollo Group of hospitals, should be a troubled man. Ever since the heroin case involving Rahul Mahajan and Vivek Moitra stirred up a controversy, Delhi's Indraprastha Apollo Hospital has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. The police have filed a case alleging the hospital had "fudged" the reports in the case. Vivek and Rahul had both consumed heroin and the former died in Apollo of the drug overdose. The latter, though, was shielded by the hospital which claimed tests showed he hadn't consumed any drug. This lie was later nailed by forensic tests.

Now a police probe is on and doctors and staff at the hospital have been questioned. Controversy, though, is nothing new to the 74-year-old Reddy, who is himself a cardiologist. He's a pastmaster at handling them but this time around he may not escape unscathed. The Mahajan-Moitra case is showing all signs of dragging on. The police have already questioned Reddy's close aide Raji Chandru, who handles his Delhi office, and are...


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