Jharkhand: ACB files FIR against two former health ministers, others in RINPAS recruitment scam

The FIR has been registered under different sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act.

By: Express News Service | Ranchi | Published:September 9, 2016 7:01 pm
(Source: WikiCommons/Biswarup Ganguly) Main entrance to RINPAS. (Source: WikiCommons/Biswarup Ganguly)

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has registered an FIR against two former ministers, an IAS officer and a former director of Ranchi Institute of Neuro-Psychiatry and Allied Sciences (RINPAS), commonly known as Kanke Mental Hospital, in connection with alleged recruitment scam in which persons not having the requisite qualification were given top posts in the RINPAS. They have also been accused of getting their salaries enhanced. In all, around a dozen people have been named in the FIR.

Among the accused are Congress leader and former health Minister Rajendra Singh and another former health minister Hemlal Murmu, who was then in Jharkhand Mukti Morcha. He had joined the BJP later and also contested the Lok Sabha elections of 2014 from Rajmahal Parliamentary constituency but lost to JMM’s Vijay Hansda.

The FIR has been registered by the ACB, following a preliminary inquiry initiated on the order of special vigilance court in 2015. The FIR has been registered under different sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Apart from Singh and Murmu, others against whom the FIR has been registered are: IAS officer B K Tripathi, who was then health secretary, and Dr Amool Ranjan (appointed as Director RINPAS). Besides, the FIR also names two professors, three associate professors, a medical officer and two clerks.

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ACB spokesperson Alok Kumar said: “The FIR has been registered following a preliminary inquiry. Several documents have been seized during the inquiry. A full-fledged investigation is now underway.”

The official said that, prima facie, the allegations were that Dr Amool Ranjan, who was appointed Director of RINPAS in 2010, did not have the requisite qualification. The Director ought to be an MBBS doctor, while Dr Ranjan did not possess the degree. Subsequently, many other people were recruited by the Director and other accused, said Kumar.

Following his appointment for the first time, the CAG objected to it in one of its reports, following which Ranjan was removed. Later, Congress leader Singh approved his appointment again as the Director, following recommendation by the then health secretary B K Tripathi. He is currently posted as Member (Secretary) National Capital Region Planning Board in New Delhi.