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AIIMS denies financial irregularity, but penalizes store officer

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 NEW DELHI: The All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, has denied any irregularity in purchases while responding to the CBI’s report to the Health and Family Welfare Ministry indicting store officer TR Mahajan of  AIIMS-Jai Prakash Narayan Apex (JPNA) Trauma Centre in connection with purchases made without tendering process.

The Delhi High Court on January 4, 2016, asked the Central Bureau of Investigation to file a reply in the matter pertaining to alleged irregularities in purchases worth lakhs, made in the AIIMS. It asked why an FIR was not registered in the matter even after the Central Vigilance Officer of AIIMS submitted a complaint.

The AIIMS said in a press statement that the  institute has concluded penal proceedings against TR Mahajan on December 17, 2016, and he has been penalized by withholding 50 per cent of the pension for a period of one year for lapses in processing the bid of Dhrishti Surgical Medicos, which belonged to his son and daughter-in-law. The CBI has found no criminally in the matter and had advised AIIMS for such administrative action as deemed fit. The disciplinary action in the matter has been completed.

AIIMS said, “In the case of procurement  of surgical equipment, the CBI has not found any criminality or involvement of AIIMS officials from vigilance angle. AIIMS had set up two independent committees to examine the allegations neither of which has identified any lapses on part of officials of AIMS from vigilance angle. No disciplinary action is contemplated in this case.”

In its clarification the institute said, “AIIMS reiterates its zero tolerance policy for corruption in all cases of financial irregularities. AIIMS would be submitting its reply indicating the factual position before the Delhi High Court in the next hearing of the case.”

When queried, V Srinivas, Deputy Director (Administration), AIIMS, said, "We have been asked to file a reply, as also the CBI, which we will do."

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