20 June, 2021

The Minister’s Whitewash

Twenty-one corruption cases await Nadda’s clearance for prosecution. Why does he dally?

Jitender Gupta
The Minister’s Whitewash

Pending Before Nadda

Cases for which approval for prosecution has been sought

  • Vineeth Chaudhary appointed highly paid consultants known to him without issuing advertisements or conducting interviews. Former minister Harshvardhan had recommended major penalties for this.
  • Chaudhary spent Rs 26 lakh in renovating his single room office, but told the then health minister the expense was Rs 5 lakh.
  • Dr Deepak Agarwal allotted computerisation works of AIIMS to known persons by fudging papers. No chargesheet yet.
  • Ex-registrar V.P. Gupta found guilty of issuing ad work to a favourite firm without inviting tenders.
  • Existing rate contract ignored by the department of lab medicine; revolving funds were used to procure equipment at high rates.
  • Shailesh Yadav, ex-deputy director, and deputy chief security officer Rajiv Lochan gave security contract of Rs 30 crore to an ineligible security firm. It did not pay its...

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