The Mumbai unit of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Monday trapped the medical superintendent of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) Hospital along with the medical record librarian and another person for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 4 lakh. They had demanded the bribe from the complainant to issue a compensation cheque from the hospital. The compensation has been awarded to him by the national consumer court in New Delhi.
Superintendent Gajanan Bhagar (48), medical records librarian Kishore (42) and Sandesh Kamble (42) were placed under arrest as they were allegedly accepting Rs 4 lakh bribe from the 56-year-old complainant.
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A senior official said the complainant had lost his brother in 1997 owing to alleged medical negligence by the MGM Hospital. Following this, the complainant approached the national consumer court in New Delhi that ruled in his favour and awarded him the compensation.
“As per the court directive, the complainant approached the Employment State Insurance Scheme (ESIS) officials and a compensation amount of Rs 15 lakh was agreed upon. He had to get a compensation cheque from the MGM Hospital,” the officer said. He added, “When he approached the MGM Hospital for the same, he was told by the accused person that they will give him the compensation cheque only if he was willing to grease their palms as well.”
The complainant, who had fought his brother’s case right upto the national consumer court, did not want to make the payment and accordingly approached the ACB. The ACB verified the complaint on Saturday and instructed the complainant to play along with the accused.